Large scale prescribed burns to begin tomorrow


Released 09/04/2019

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a series of prescribed burns will commence at four locations across the ACT tomorrow, Wednesday 10 April 2019.

The burns are being undertaken to reduce fire hazard, for asset protection and for ecological reasons.

A total area of 3419.65 hectares will be burned over the duration of the operations, with burns at Namadgi National Park expected to last between 4-6 days with residual smoke remaining for up to several weeks.

  • 3012 hectares in Namadgi national park (south of Corin Road on the eastern side of the Cotter River and north of Cotter Hut Road/Smoker Trail Road)
  • 380.17 hectares in Tidbinbilla nature reserve (northwest of the nature reserve)
  • 20.94 hectares at Point Hut Hill reserve
  • 6.54 hectares at Bonshaw grasslands

See the location map of the burn sites.

Experienced Parks fire managers will conduct and oversee the burning operations. 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.

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 online 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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