A group of residents is planning to boycott the ACT Government's commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the Canberra bushfires.

The firestorm tore through Canberra on January 18, 2003, destroying 500 homes and claiming four lives.

To mark the anniversary this month, the Government is planning what it calls a low-key commemoration at the bushfire memorial in Weston.

But some residents who lost their homes say they will not be taking part because they do not want to validate the Government's actions.

Ric Hingee says one of the main concerns is that residents in the fire path were not warned.

"One of the biggest problems for us is that the warnings to the community just did not happen," he said.

"In fact, the Government was saying things were under control right up until the day of the fires.

"The amount of help that was provided by the Government was not enough."

Acting Chief Minister Andrew Barr says the service will be an opportunity for people to reflect upon the events of that terrible day and to pay respects to those whose lives were significantly affected.

The group behind the boycott say they will attend a community event instead.

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