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Hazard reduction burns across Canberra Friday and Saturday

The ACT Rural Fire Service will undertake hazard reduction burns across Canberra on Friday and Saturday.

A 1.4-hectare burn will be conducted in Nicholls adjacent to Stedman Place and Viner Place from 5pm Friday, weather permitting, to reduce fire fuel.

One heavy tanker, four medium tankers, one light unit, a command vehicle and 16 firefighters will be on the scene.

A second 3-hectare burn will be undertaken in the suburb near Cecins Place, Temperley Street and Sue Geh Court from 9.30am Saturday as part of a training exercise with NSW Rural Fire Service, as well as to reduce fuel.

Three heavy tankers, four medium tankers and a command vehicle will be on site with 25 firefighters overseeing the burn.

Meanwhile, a 6.2-hectare burn in Calwell at O'Connor Court Saturday morning will also be part of a joint training exercise. 

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One heavy tanker, three medium tankers, one Compressed Air Foam System tanker, two command vehicles and 20 firefighters will be on the scene from 9.30am.

Meanwhile hazard reduction burns will also be undertaken on northern Namadgi National Park land over the weekend at Blundells Creek and Condor Creek.

The burns are among several planned over the coming weeks, which will collectively total more than 7000 hectares.

An ACT Parks and Conservation Service spokeswoman said the Blundells Creek burn would cover 115 hectares, while the burn at Condor Creek would cover 346 hectares.

The burns will be monitored but are expected to produce significant amount of smoke across the territory, she said.