New firefighters tested with prescribed burn tomorrow

Released 12/09/2019

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will take place tomorrow morning (Friday 13 September 2019) in grasslands along Pialligo Avenue in Majura.

This burn is being utilised to evaluate new fire fighters that are currently in the annual seasonal firefighter program. It will be implemented in small segments so fire fighters can be assessed through various drills.

The 1 hectare burn will commence in the morning and finish before noon. The burn will also reduce invasive African Love Grass.

See the location map of the burn site.

Experienced Parks fire managers will oversee the burning operation. 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 site until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours.

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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