Hazard burn program begins tomorrow near Googong

A 281 hectare hazard burn will be conducted south of Googong Reservoir tomorrow, weather permitting.

The Territory and Municipals Services (TAMS) Directorate has advised the burn could take up to two days. It will reduce fire fuel and help to protect the ACT water’s supply.

It is the first of several burns to be conducted over the coming weeks which will collectively total over 7000 hectares.

Once the Googong burn is complete firefighters will conduct a burn in Namadgi National Park, depending on conditions.

During the burns significant amounts of smoke is expected across the ACT. 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 visit http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/tamsd/2015/large-scale-hazard-reduction-burns-across-the-act or call 13 22 81.

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