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Update six – Fire at Pialligo

Firefighters are continuing to maintain the fire within containment lines.

ACT Fire & Rescue currently has four crews and a commander on scene with three units from the ACT Rural Fire Service.

Update five – Fire at Pialligo

Firefighters and contractors with heavy machinary today continue to work together on extinguished the large rubbish pile fire at Pialligo.

The burning pile has now been separated into several smaller piles by four earthmoving machines to allow firefighters to wet down the flames.

Small smoke stacks are being created immediately above the site each time debri is removed from a pile but quickly dissipates.

North westerly winds, up to 25 kilometres per hour, are forercast to develop during lunchtime today sending smoke in a south easterly direction.

ACT Fire & Rescue has four crews and a commander on scene with two units from the ACT Rural Fire Service.

One of the piles currently on fire at Pialligo.

One of the piles currently on fire at Pialligo.

Hazard reduction burn today in Tharwa

The Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (TAMS) will conduct a hazard reduction burn in Tharwa today weather permitting.

The burn, just under eight hectares, will be conducted adjacent to Tidbinbilla Road, west of Union Street in Tharwa.

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

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 breathing difficulties.

Update four – Fire at Pialligo

The fire has been maintained within containment lines overnight.

The majority of firefighting units were released at midnight with conditions remaining favourable.

Three ACT Fire & Rescue crews and a commander have patrolled the scene since then along with one excavator.

Smoke from the fire has remained localised. Regular air quality testing has been conducted by firefighters at the scene overnight with no harmful readings recorded.

A changeover of crews is scheduled to occur around 8 o’clock this morning with additional units likely to be added throughout the day.

The fire is still expected to burn for several more days.


Update three – Fire at Pialligo

Firefighters have now contained a large rubbish pile fire burning at Pialligo.

The fire is approximately 100 metres x 50 metres in size. The burning pile itself is about three metres high.

ACT Fire & Rescue has six crews and two commanders on scene. They’re being assisted by another 15 units from the ACT Rural Fire Service.

One excavator is also being used on site.

The current calm conditions are assisting the firefighting efforts with smoke largely confined to the immediate area.