News Alerts

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the ACT region.

Warning for large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging winds which may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours.

The ACT State Emergency Service advises to:

– Move indoors, bringing children and pets with you.
– Park your car under secure cover and away from trees, power lines and drains.
– Secure or put away items from around the house, yard, or balcony that could blow around in strong winds.
– Check to see if your neighbours are aware of the warning.

For more information on preparing for storm visit

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

Update – Grass fire – Woden

Firefighters contained 20 small spot fires to an area approximately 70 x 40 metres.

All fires have been extinguished.

The cause is currently known. Investigations are ongoing.

Grass fire – Woden

ACT Fire & Rescue is currently working to extinguish a grass fire at the Woden Cemetery on Yamba Drive.

Multiple firefighting resources are on scene.

Update to follow.

Working smoke alarm saves a life

be_house_fire_ready_-_1Yesterday, a potentially catastrophic incident was avoided thanks to a working smoke alarm and one neighbour’s quick thinking.

At approximately 4pm on Thursday afternoon, ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Emergency Triple Zero (E000) call from a neighbour reporting that a smoke alarm had activated in the house next door.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the house. Looking through the windows, the crew identified a person unconscious on the floor and immediately forced entry.

Paramedics assessed and treated the patient on scene before transporting them to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

“We quickly contained the fire to the point of origin in the kitchen, and had it extinguished within minutes.” ACT Fire & Rescue South Commander Danny Brighenti said.

“If the smoke alarm had not activated – there would have been a significant delay in alerting emergency services, dramatically increasing the risk of catastrophic consequences.”

“This incident is a timely reminder that working smoke alarms save lives.” Commander Brighenti concluded.

Road Closure – Northbourne Ave

The intersection of Barry Drive-Cooyong Street and Northbourne Avenue is partially closed due to unforeseen traffic signal works. Motorists should seek an alternate route while works are underway.

Location and timing of closures:
o The intersection will be under traffic control until 8pm tonight and from 6am tomorrow morning. During this time there will be no restrictions to traffic movements.
o From 8pm tonight and 10pm tomorrow night and all across the weekend, the intersection will be closed to traffic crossing Northbourne Avenue on Barry Drive and Cooyong Street. There will also be lane closures for southbound and northbound traffic during this time.

Roadside signage will be in place to alert motorists to the work and traffic controllers will be on site to assist motorists and pedestrians as necessary.

The ACT Government thanks you for your patience whilst these important works are carried out.

For up-to-date information on road closures visit or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.