O'Connor and Black Mountain controlled burns today

Released 21/03/2014

ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that, weather permitting, two controlled burns will take place today (Friday 21 March 2014) – a continuation of an eight hectare burn started on Tuesday 18 March on Barry Drive, O'Connor, and a 6.8 hectare burn on Black Mountain, near the Gungahlin Drive Extension.

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.

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:        O'Connor and Black Mountain (Handy Map reference K11)

 

WHEN:          Friday 21 March 2014

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