Largest controlled burn in the ACT in 30 years begins tomorrow in Namadgi National Park

The ACT Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (TAMS) will tomorrow, Wednesday 3 April, 2013, weather permitting, conduct the largest controlled burn in the ACT for more than 30 years at The Smokers Trail in Namadgi National Park. This follows a series of large burns undertaken in the Park over the last three weeks.

Covering an area of 6,000 hectares, the Smokers Trail burn is bounded to the west by the Corin Dam, to the north by Corin Dam Road, to the east by Smokers Trail and to the south by Cotter Hut Road.

From start to finish, the burn could take more than 10 days to complete.

The ACT Handy Map grid reference for the burn is F17.

Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.

The Health Directorate advises that 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.

For more information about the Smokers Trail controlled burn, visit www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/tamsd or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

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