Released 31/07/2019

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, two prescribed burns will take place tomorrow (Thursday 1 August 2019) at Tharwa and in grasslands near Majura.

A 4.99 hectare burn will take place in the Tharwa Recreation Area, between the Murrumbidgee River and Naas Road, and is being conducted to reduce fire fuel and to promote regeneration of native red gums.

Sections of a 95.1 hectare burn will begin in grasslands, between Pialligo Avenue and Oaks Estate Road in Majura, and is being conducted to reduce invasive African Love Grass. The remainder of the burn will be conducted at a later date.

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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