News Alerts

Prescribed burn to continue at Lower Cotter Catchment

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will be conducted at Blue Range Road in the Lower Cotter Catchment tomorrow, Thursday 21 June 2018.

The 29 hectare burn is being conducted to reduce pine regrowth and to facilitate native regeneration.

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.

Staff will continue to monitor the burn site until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours. A buffer zone of up to 20 metres is also created around the complete perimeter of every prescribed burn.

International emergency services disaster management exercise

More than seventy emergency service employees from jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand will join forces for a multi-agency drill-style disaster management exercise today. The exercise will test the ACT’s recently revised Major Structural Collapse Sub-plan.

The community should not be alarmed by the exercise, which will involve an increase in emergency service vehicles at the Canberra Airport, around Northbourne Avenue and Girrahween Street, around the Hume area and the Fairbairn business park.

Update four – Industrial fire in Beard

Firefighters working overnight at the industrial fire in Beard have brought the fire under control.

Smoke has dissipated overnight and air quality tests by the Hazmat Unit have shown to be clear with no contaminants from the fire able to be detected. Air quality testing will continue today.

Fire & Rescue NSW and Air Aviation crews left the scene just before midnight. Six ACT Fire & Rescue crews remain on scene today. One excavator is also being used to apart the pile with crews then dampening down the area to extinguish the fire. The burnt area is 50m x 20m.

The Country Rail Network has advised the rail line between Canberra and Queanbeyan will operate as usual today.

ACT Fire & Rescue expects to remain on scene for most of today.

Update to come.

Update four – Industrial fire in Beard

Firefighters working overnight at the industrial fire in Beard have brought the fire under control.

Smoke has dissipated overnight and air quality tests by the Hazmat Unit have shown to be clear with no contaminants from the fire able to be detected. Air quality testing will continue today.

Fire & Rescue NSW and Air Aviation crews left the scene just before midnight. Six ACT Fire & Rescue crews remain on scene today. One excavator is also being used to apart the pile with crews then dampening down the area to extinguish the fire. The burnt area is 50m x 20m.

The Country Rail Network has advised the rail line between Canberra and Queanbeyan will operate as usual today.

ACT Fire & Rescue expects to remain on scene for most of today.

Update to come.

Update three – Industrial fire in Beard

Firefighters will remain on scene overnight at the scrap metal and tyre yard in Underwood Street in Beard.

The fire is contained but not yet under control. There is no threat of the fire spreading to surrounding properties.

The smoke is no longer impacting suburbs in Queanbeyan.

Roads near Underwood Street are expected to be clear in the morning but people should follow directions of any police who may be in the area.

The Environment Protection Authority is working with ACT Fire & Rescue to undertake air quality tests at the incident.

About ten units from ACT Fire & Rescue, Fire & Rescue NSW and Air Aviation are on site.

The next update from ESA Media will be provided about 6am tomorrow morning (Monday, 18 June 2018).