Prescribed burn starting today at Molonglo River Reserve

Released 18/09/2020

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will start today (Friday 18 September 2020) at Molonglo River Reserve.

The 34 ha ecological burn is being conducted to reduce exotic species cover, promote native species cover and enhance the critically endangered Box-Gum woodland.

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 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 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.

You can also find out information about upcoming burns by following @ACTParks on Facebook.

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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