News Alerts

Hazard-reduction burn Friday

The ACT Parks & Conservation Service will be conducting a prescribed hazard-reduction burn at the Jerrabomberra Grasslands today.

The burn is scheduled to commence at approximately 11am and smoke is expected to be visible around the Monaro Highway near the Alexander Maconachie Centre and Monaro Model Aero Club.

ACT Health 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.

Unit fire in Hawker extinguished

ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished a unit fire in Hawker.

Crews were alerted to the incident on Springvale DriveĀ at 6:46am and responded with 3 pumpers, the Bronto aerial appliance and two commander vehicles.

The unit was completely destroyed but quick work from firefighters ensured the flames did not spread to other units.

Residents of the building self-evacuated. Three people were assessed by ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics but did not require treatment or transport to hospital.

Initial estimates put the damage bill at approximately $250,000 and the unit directly above the fire suffered significant smoke damage as well.

ACTSES cleaning up after storm

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has recieved 14 requests for assistance during this evening’s thunderstorm.

All jobs involved downed trees, some of which fell on roads, cars, roofs and power lines. ACT Fire & Rescue assisted in the majority of cases and there have been no reports of any injuries or serious damage.

If you require assistance with storm damage, please call 132 500

ACTSES recieves calls for assistance

Stormy weather has resulted in 10 calls for assistance to the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) overnight.

Crews worked alongside ACT Fire & Rescue through until 4am and more volunteers are on standby to deal with any further incidents.

The majority of work has involved leaking roofs as well as several fallen trees on roads, so motorists are urged to take care.

If you require assistance, please contact the ACTSES on 132500.

Update – Fire at Pialligo

The fire at the Pialligo recycling plant has been extinguished.

Crews have now left the scene.