ESA News Alerts

Hazard reduction burns continue today in the ACT

The Territory and Municipal Services Directorate will today Sunday 29 March, 2015, weather permitting continue with a 958 hectare hazard reduction burn at Camelback, north of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The burn will reduce fire fuel loads in the area and will take three to four days to complete.

A 380 hectare hazard reduction burn will also continue along the Hardy Range to the east of the Cotter River, Namadgi National Park.

A 260 hectare hazard reduction burn has been completed Lone Pine to the west of Boboyan Road on the Luton fire trail in Namadgi National Park. The site will continue to be monitored.

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Also, the National Capital Authority will today, Sunday 29 March, 2015, weather permitting conduct a hazard reduction burn at Yarramundi Grasslands. Lady Denman Drive, near Glenlock Interchange.

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Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.

The Health Directorate advises that people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise and should stay inside if affected by the smoke. People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.

ADVICE – Grass fire at Melba

ACT Fire & Rescue is working to extinguish a grass fire burning at Copland Drive, Melba.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.

ACT Fire & Rescue has three units on scene.

The fire is located near the BMX track.

The fire is approximately 20 metres x two metres in size and is under control.

Update to follow.

Stove top fire extinguished at Braddon cafe

Firefighters are currently conducting ventilation operations at the Ori Apartments, Lonsdale Street, Braddon following an unattended fire on a stove top in a kitchen of a cafe.

ACT Fire & Rescue were notified following an Automatic Fire Alarm at 3.46am and extinguished the fire on the ground floor.

Approximately 70 residents have been evacuated from all four floors of the building.

Damage estimated at $20,000 and contained to the kitchen area of cafe with some smoke logging to adjacent businesses.

Three fire pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van, the Hazardous Materials Unit and one Commander are on scene.