Clouds of smoke have been rising from Black Mountain for two days, as ACT firefighters busily do a hazard reduction burn ahead of heavy rain due to arrive in the territory on Wednesday afternoon.
Canberra is forecast to get up to 50mm of rain over the next week, as a cold front moves across the territory from the west in the next few days.
The hazard reduction burns on Monday and Tuesday were just the beginning of a schedule of burns covering about 5500 hectares across the ACT, with Parks and Conservation fire teams taking advantage of the cooler weather.
"We've had a long, dry, hot summer, but we received two major storms that brought us up to our average rainfall," ACT Parks and Conservation fire management officer Brian Levine said.
"Now we've returned to the upper 20s, and the slopes have dried out quite well, we're looking at the weather on a daily basis to find these burn windows."
Mr Levine said they had a window to conduct burns over Monday and Tuesday, before potentially heavy rain arrived on Wednesday and continued over the weekend.
Weatherzone meterologist Brett Dutschke said the ACT could recieve as much as 50mm of rainfall over the next week.
"Canberra has a significant chance of getting some rainfall each day until at least this time next week [and] some of the days could be briefly heavy," he said.
"Overall in the coming week the likely amount of rain could be 20 to 30mm, but there's a potential for 40 to 50mm, particularly if there is a thunderstorm."
Mr Dutschke said although there will be dry periods over the next week, it probably wouldn't be long enough to get a load of washing dry.
"The next best chance of getting a few dry days together would be either late on the weekend or early next week," he said.
A number of Canberrans have taken to Twitter to post pictures of heavy smoke visible from the burn on Black Mountain.
Mr Levine said he encouraged Canberrans to pay close attention to where hazard reduction burns were taking place.
"Continue to watch the news, read the paper and make sure they're driving safely if they see smoke," he said.