Hazard Reduction burn today at Namadgi

The Territory and Municipal Services Directorate will today, Monday 23 March, 2015, weather permitting, conduct a small preliminary hazard reduction burn along the Hardy Range to the east of the Cotter River, Namadgi National Park.

This small burn is the first stage of a larger 380 hectare burn to be conducted in the area. The burn will secure the eastern edge of the area to be burned.

The burn is one of several burns conducted over coming weeks which will collectively total over 7,000 hectares. For the duration of the burns significant amounts of smoke is expected in the sky across the ACT.

For more information on the burns 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 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.