Released 11/04/2019

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 (Friday 12 April 2019) at Mt Rogers and at Molonglo grasslands.

A 1.83 hectare burn at Mt Rogers nature reserve is being conducted to reduce fire risk and assist in limiting the spread of fire into Fraser.

A small 0.68 hectare ecological burn will be conducted at Molonglo grasslands/woodlands north of Denman Prospect to reduce the spread of exotic grasses and to promote growth of native box-gum woodlands.

A large 3012 hectare burn in Namadgi National Park will continue to burn south of Corin Road on the eastern side of the Cotter River and north of Cotter Hut Road/Smoker Trail Road.

Square Rock walking trail and Smokers trail is closed until further notice as operations of the Namadgi burn moves within proximity of the trails. This is unaffecting access to Corin Forest.

A 380.17 hectare burn in Tidbinbilla will also continue in the north west of the nature reserve and monitoring will take place at completed burns at Aranda bushlands and Point Hut Hill.

Residents should also be aware there may be additional smoke across the region tomorrow due to prescribed burn operations at Wee Jasper and Brindabella National Park in 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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