Large scale hazard reduction burns across the ACT


Released 06/03/2015

ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that from Tuesday 10 March 2015 multiple hazard reduction burns will be conducted across the ACT, weather permitting.

The burns will be conducted over the next several weeks and will cover over 7,000 hectares of land to the east, south, and west of Canberra. For the duration of the burns significant amounts of smoke is expected in the sky across the ACT. ACT Parks and Conservation Service is now able to conduct large scale hazard reduction burns due to the mild summer which has created suitable conditions.

The first burn will be south of the Googong Reservoir (281 ha). Following the completion of the Googong burn, and depending on fuel moisture conditions, the following burns in northern Namadgi National Park, north of Bendora Dam, will be implemented: Blundells (115 ha), Warks Road (261 ha), and the Hardy Range (383 ha).

Members of the public can find out more information about upcoming burns by following TAMS on Twitter @tamsmediaroom, or visiting www.tams.act.gov.au for a list of upcoming burns including maps and the option to opt into an RSS feed to stay up to date. The website also includes information about the ACT Parks and Conservation Service's fuel management program and a video about prescribed burns.

Given the large amount of smoke expected with these burns, people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise and should, if possible, 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. Every effort is made to conduct the burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke on residents of the ACT and surrounds.

Hazard reduction burning in the ACT is conducted to achieve a number of outcomes including protection of built assets such as houses, protection of our rural landscape and Canberra's water supply and promoting ecological diversity.

Like in all hazard reduction burns, safety is of paramount importance. Highly experienced Parks fire managers, supported by trained Parks fire-fighters, will conduct the burning operations. Staff will continue to monitor each burn site until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours.

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.

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