Hazard reduction burn today in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

The Territory and Municipal Services Directorate will today, Tuesday 17 March, 2015, weather permitting, conduct a 94.4 hectare hazard reduction burn along the Ashbrook fire trail to the west of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The burn, which could take up to two days, will reduce fire fuel loads.

The burn is one of several burns conducted over coming weeks which will collectively total over 7000 hectares. For the duration of the burns significant amounts of smoke is expected in the sky across the ACT.

For more information on the burn visit http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/tamsd

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.