Prescribed burn at Black Mountain tomorrow


Released 17/05/2019

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 (Friday 17 May 2019) at Black Mountain Nature Reserve.

The 7.3 hectare burn is being conducted on the eastern side of the mountain and will help reduce fire fuels in the area and assist in the protection of Telstra Tower.

A 1100 hectare burn is also continuing in southern Namadgi National Park, east of Boboyan Road, west of Naas fire trail and north of the Mt Clear campground. There are no closures to Mt Clear campground or the Shanahan’s Mountain walking track.

The Namadgi burn will continue over several days and is being conducted to reduce fire fuel in the area, limiting the potential spread of fire within Namadgi National Park and east into surrounding NSW.

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 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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