News Alerts

Ecological burns tonight – Barton Highway

Subject to favourable weather conditions, the ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) will be undertaking an ecological burn at Gungaderra Creek, Barton Highway. The four hectare burn is scheduled for 6:30pm on Wednesday 21st March 2018.

ACTRFS will remain onsite for the duration of the ecological burn, departing once the burn area has been deemed blacked out.

The burns will reduce fire fuel loads to protect our community and improve ecosystem health.

For information on all active burns in the ACT please check the ESA Incidents Map.

To find out more about how to stay safe and well if there is smoke in your area visit

Grass fire extinguished in Narrabundah

Firefighters have extinguished two small grass fires at Boomanulla Oval in Narrabundah.

The two fires were ignited when power lines fell on a metal perimeter fence. Both were about 5m by 10m in size.

ACT Fire & Rescue was called to Goyder Street at about 9:40pm.

ACT Rural Fire Service crews also provided assistance.

Final update – Potters Hill – Advice

The Potters Hill fire is now in patrol status. This means the fire is contained, under control, and there is no active fire on the fire ground.

The fire will continue to be patroled until 48 hours have passed without any smoke sightings.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency thanks ACT Rural Fire Service volunteers and staff, ACT Parks and Conservation staff, and NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers and staff for their contribution to managing this fire.

Update – Potters Hill bushfire – ADVICE

ACT and NSW rural fire crews are working to extinguish a bushfire burning at Potters Hill. Crews worked overnight to strengthen containment lines.

Firefighters, dozers and helicopters will again be used today to maintain control of the fire as we work towards full extinguishment.

The fire remains under 200 hectares in size.

The Fire Danger Rating where this fire is burning is LOW-MODERATE.

There is little to no risk to life and property in the urban or rural areas of the ACT.

Update – Potters Hill bushfire – ADVICE

ACT and NSW fire crews supported by dozers and aircraft have the fire controlled within containment lines with work to continue through the night.

Weather conditions on the fire ground today have allowed crews to make good progress with tomorrow’s forecast predicting better fire weather.

The fire remains under 200 hectares in size.

The Fire Danger Rating where this fire is burning is VERY HIGH.

Fires burning in VERY HIGH conditions can be difficult to control – flames may burn into the tree tops.

Well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.

Embers may be blown ahead of the fire.

Spot fires may occur up to 2km ahead of the fire.

Leaving is the safest option for your survival. You should relocate to the location identified in your Bushfire Survival Plan.

The ESA advises you to monitor the situation for any changes through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website, ESA Twitter account @ACT_ESA, ESA Facebook account @ACT Emergency Services Agency, the national version of the Fires Near Me mobile device App or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

This advice should be read in conjunction with current weather conditions. Current weather observations can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website