Three ecological burns planned for Wednesday 4 April

Released 04/04/2018

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, weather permitting, the autumn schedule of prescribed burns will continue tomorrow with three burns in the urban area to reduce the fire hazard and to improve ecosystem health.

Wednesday 4 April 2018

  • A 9 hectare burn is scheduled for Molonglo River Reserve, east of Coppins Crossing Road on the south side of Molonglo River. The burn is being conducted to create a buffer zone to help in limiting the spread of fire along the Molonglo River and to assist with ecological restoration works for threatened pink-tailed-worm-lizard habitat.
  • An 8 hectare burn is also scheduled for the Molonglo River Reserve, west of Coppins Crossing Road on the north side of Molonglo River. The burn will control African Lovegrass, help restore threatened box gum woodland and limit the spread of fire along the Molonglo River.
  • A 12 hectare ecological burn is scheduled for Jerrabomberra Grasslands East, Lanyon Drive at Hume. The burn is being conducted to improve the ecological values of the grassland through removal of native grass and exotic grass tussocks.

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 across parts of Canberra.

Staff will continue to monitor the burn sites 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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