O'Connor and Majura controlled burns scheduled for tomorrow

Released 17/03/2014

ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that, weather permitting, two controlled burns will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 18 March 2014), an eight hectare burn at Barry Drive, O'Connor, and a six hectare burn at the AFP Training Ground, Majura.

These will be some of the last urban burns in the ACT this fire season.

Like in all controlled burns, safety will be of paramount importance. Experienced Parks fire managers, supported by trained fire-fighters, will conduct the burning operations.

Temporary smoke cover is expected in the City area. Every effort is made to conduct the burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.

It is normal for stumps and heavy logs to continue to smoke and some flames may be visible in the interior of the burn after personnel have left the scene. An assessment by trained fire managers is completed which determines when it is safe to leave a controlled burn unattended. This assessment includes weather and fuel moisture levels. Staff will continue to monitor the burn until no smokes are visible for 24 hours.

It is important to note that a buffer zone of up to 20 metres is also created around the complete perimeter of every controlled 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.

Before any burns are undertaken major stakeholders, including the Emergency Services Agency, the Australian Federal Police, Air Traffic Control, Roads ACT and the Bureau of Meteorology are advised.

For more information, please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

For updates on controlled burns please follow TAMS on Twitter @tamsmediaroom.


WHAT:           Hazard reduction burns


WHERE:        Barry Drive, O'Connor and the AFP Training Ground, Majura(Handy Map reference K11 and M11 respectively)


WHEN:          Tuesday 18 March 2014

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