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Bushfires and burnoffs

Planned, controlled burns are important for safety in our community. They protect life, property and the environment by reducing the fuel levels (e.g. leaves, brush and small shrubs). However, smoke is a common trigger among people with respiratory conditions like asthma.

For information about planned burn offs and bushfires visit the NSW Rural Fire Service. 

They have information about planned hazard reduction burns here or your can follow their Facebook page for updates.

Key tips to minimise the effects of bushfire smoke:

1. Know your risks

Children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions including asthma, are the first to feel the effects of smoke and particle pollution and need to take extra care. If you have asthma, or if you are responsible for a child or elderly person with asthma, be aware of the risk and be prepared.

2. Stay on top of your asthma management

The risk of an asthma flare-up after exposure to smoke may be reduced by maintaining good asthma control. Find out more about your current asthma control with the Asthma Control Test or call the free 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 ASTHMA 278 462) for personalised information and support.

Symptoms can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people need to be aware of any signs or symptoms of their asthma worsening and follow their asthma action plan

3. Be Prepared

Make sure you have access to blue reliever medication and continue to use your preventer medication as well.

Inform others around you that you experience asthma, and where they can access your blue reliever medication, written Asthma Action Plan or the Asthma First Aid plan.

Ensure you have a fire plan in place.

4. Avoid Smoke

  • When smoke is in the air, but a fire is not directly threatening you, stay indoors and close all windows and doors.
  • Avoid doing any physical activity outdoors.

5. Take Action

  • If you develop symptoms such as coughing or wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath, follow your written Asthma Action Plan or commence Asthma First Aid.
  • If your reliever medication isn’t reducing your asthma symptoms, call the ambulance and continue with the Asthma First Aid process until the ambulance arrives.  

For further information about managing your asthma contact the 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462).

NT Fire and Rescue Service


The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service conducts Prescribed Burns in the Darwin/Rural area. Specific dates and locations are detailed below.

When driving pay attention and if the roads are smoke affected, turn on your lights and drive carefully.

People suffering from asthma or breathing ailments should consider leaving for the day or staying indoors.  

Asthma sufferers should take all precautions, if in doubt call the Asthma Foundation on 1800 278 462 for more information.  

Contact the Bushfire Mitigation Section for further information on 8988 0298.

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2016 
Location:  875 McMillans Road, adjacent to Crocodyllus Park 
Time:  9.00am 
Duration:  All day 


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