Prescribed burn starting today at Kowen Forest and Majura

Released 11/09/2020

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, 2 prescribed burns will start today (Friday 11 September 2020) at Kowen Forest and Majura.

The Kowen Forest burn is being conducted to remove a large pile of pine slash and reduce the potential for fire during summer.

The Haines burn at Majura, which will commence today and proceed over the next week, will remove 17 piles of dead timber stacked as part of a rabbit control program. The burn will also help control small areas of invasive African Lovegrass, which is less than 20 Ha.

See the location map of the burn site.

In making the decision to commence this prescribed burn, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service has considered concerns people may have following the Orroral Valley bushfire, and the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Experienced ACT Parks and Conservation Service fire managers will conduct and 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 maybe visible across parts of Canberra.

ACT Parks and Conservation Service will take appropriate precautions in line with the physical distancing and hygiene requirements that are in place due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

As part of managing the prescribed burn to its conclusion, a buffer zone of up to 20 metres is also created around the complete perimeter of each prescribed burn.

People with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise during the period of the burn 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.

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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