Prescribed burn to take place in Latham tomorrow


Released 20/09/2018

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will commence at the Umbagong District Park in Latham tomorrow, Friday 21 September 2018.

The 7 hectare burn is being conducted to reduce the fire threat to Latham on the corner of Southern Cross Drive and Florey Drive.

See the location map of all the burn sites.

Seasonal fire fighters in training, overseen by experienced Parks fire managers, will conduct 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 is likely to be visible across parts of Canberra.

Staff will continue to monitor the burn site 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.

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.

You can also find out information about upcoming burns by following @ACT_Parks on Twitter, @ACTParks on Facebook or by completing a simple smartform to get an all of ACT Parks and Conservation Service prescribed burn updates by email.

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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