Cultural burn at Jerrabomberra Wetlands tomorrow

Released 21/10/2019

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a cultural burn will commence tomorrow (Tuesday 22 October 2019) at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve.

The burn is part of a five-year plan being undertaken for ecological and cultural reasons. A total area of 8.7 hectares will be burned over the five years, with up to 1 hectare of exotic grasses being burned tomorrow to create open grass areas which will provide native turtles with better access to breeding grounds.

The burn will be led by Murumbung Rangers with assistance from other Parks fire managers. Every effort is made to conduct burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke but temporary smoke cover is possible and is likely to be visible across parts of Canberra.

As the burn is being undertaken in a wetland, it is possible that smoke may be heavy at times for short durations.

See the location map of the burn site.

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 form to get all of ACT Parks and Conservation Service prescribed burn updates by email.

Information and health advice for dealing with outdoor smoke can also be found by visiting ACT Health.

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

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