Prescribed burn in Aranda this weekend

Released 19/02/2016

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public of a prescribed burn scheduled to take place tomorrow (Saturday 20 February 2016) in Aranda, weather permitting.

The 7.9 hectare burn will take place in the Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve, east of Bindubi Street and west of Caswell Drive. The burn is being conducted to help protect surrounding suburbs and residences by reducing fuel loads and limiting potential fire spread.

Crews will continue to monitor the burn site in Aranda on Sunday.

Following a warm and dry December and January, we received significant rain across the territory toward the end of January and early February. Since then, warm and dry weather has assisted in drying proposed burn areas.

Members of the public can find out more information about upcoming burns by following ACT Parks and Conservation Service on Twitter @ACT_Parks, or visiting the TAMS website for a list of upcoming burns including maps and the option to opt into an RSS feed to stay up to date.

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.

Like in all prescribed 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 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. For more information, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

What: Prescribed burn
When: Saturday 20 February 2016
Where: Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve, east of Bindubi Street and west of Caswell Drive (Handy Map reference K11)

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