Prescribed burn at Kowen Forest on Wednesday 31 May 2017

Released 30/05/2017

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise prescribed burning will be carried out at Kowen Forest tomorrow, Wednesday 31 May 2017, and weather conditions permitting, will take a day to complete.  

The prescribed burn, which is a continuation of burn activities undertaken at Kowen Forest earlier this month, will remove piles of forest debris over a 50 hectare area and allow for new trees to be planted later this winter.

Experienced parks fire managers, supported by trained fire-fighters, will conduct the burning operations. Every effort is made to conduct the prescribed burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke. Residual smoke may be present from the Kowen Forest burn site for an extended period of time.

Tips on how to stay safe if there is smoke in the area is available on the Asthma Foundation website.

Roadside signage will be in place to alert the community of the prescribed burn activities. ACT Parks and Conservation Service staff will continue to monitor the burn sites until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours. A buffer zone of up to 20 metres is also created around the complete perimeter of every prescribed burn.

All prescribed burns are listed on the Upcoming Prescribed Burns page on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development website along with maps and advice.

Members of the public can also find out more information about upcoming burns by following @ACT_Parks on Twitter, @ACTParks on Facebook or by completing a simple smartform to get all ACT Parks prescribed burn updates by email.

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 Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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