Burn planned for Dunlop Grasslands on Tuesday 10 April

Released 09/04/2018

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will take place at East Dunlop tomorrow, Tuesday 10 April 2018.

The 9 hectare burn is planned for a portion of the eastern side of the Dunlop Grasslands Nature Reserve, accessible from the end of Douglas Waterhouse Drive, Dunlop.

The burn is being conducted to improve the grassland by reducing the cover of exotic grass tussocks and stimulating native grass regeneration.  The burn will also reduce the fire hazard and provide protection to nearby housing.

See the location map of all the burn sites.

Experienced Parks fire managers will conduct and oversee the burning operations. Every effort is made to conduct the burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke but temporary smoke cover is possible and could be visible across parts of Canberra.

Staff will continue to monitor the burn site until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours. A buffer zone of up to 20 metres is also created around the complete perimeter of every prescribed burn.

People with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise and should stay inside if affected by the smoke. People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.

You can also find out information about upcoming burns by following @ACT_Parks on Twitter, @ACTParks on Facebook or by completing a simple smartform to get an all of ACT Parks prescribed burn updates by email.

For tips on how to stay safe if there is smoke in the area, visit the Asthma Foundation website.

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