Smoke visible across the ACT from hazard reduction burns and interstate fires

The ACT Emergency Services Agency advise that smoke from interstate fires and today’s hazard reduction burns is impacting parts of the ACT tonight with a southerly change.

There are no uncontrolled fires currently in the ACT.

If you see a fire without a crew or fire truck in attendance, please ring Emergency Triple Zero (000).

Tomorrow, Tuesday 25 February, 2014, the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate will continue with a hazard reduction burn at Greenway and commence a new 28 hectare hazard reduction burn at Farrer Ridge. Smoke from an earlier hazard reduction burn at Kowen Pines may also be visible for the next few days.

The ACT Handy Map grid references for the hazard reduction burns are L16 for the Greenway burn and K13 for the burn at Farrer Ridge.

Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burns 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 on the hazard reduction burns visit www.tams.act.gov.au.

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