Released 15/11/2017

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that a 9.35 hectare ecological burn will take place at Dunlop today, 15 November 2017.

Neil Cooper, Manager, Fire, Forests and Roads in ACT Parks and Conservation said the burn will help improve the grassland by reducing thatch and expanding habitat for threatened species.

“This burn is being implemented as part of the Grassland Restoration project, a 3 year enhancement project funded jointly by the ACT and Commonwealth governments. Fire can be used to manipulate ecological conditions to enhance the establishment and growth of native species over weeds, promote flowering and facilitate the establishment of native grasses,” Mr Cooper said.

“Like in all prescribed burns, safety is of paramount importance. Highly experienced Parks fire managers will oversee the burning operations. The burn will also be an opportunity for recently trained fire fighters to be assessed for their competency.

“Staff will continue to monitor the 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.

You can stay up to date with ACT Parks prescribed burn program by following ACT Parks and Conservation Service on Facebook and Twitter or by using the prescribed burns interactive map on our website. For more information, visit www.environment.act.gov.au.

Ecological burn fire

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