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Bushfire Update

There are currently 2 bushfires in the ACT

– Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Bushfire
– Mount Gingera Bushfire – West of Corrin Dam

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Bushfire

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve will be closed tomorrow (SATURDAY) as a precautionary measure due to a small bushfire started by lightning strike this afternoon.

The Rural Fire Service has identified the location of the fire and is actively working to extinguish it.

A Remote Area Firefighting Team has been winched into the remote area of bushland to fight the fire. In addition a firefighting helicopter has dropped buckets of water on the fire until last light.

Good progress is being made with crews remaining on scene until the fire is extinguished.

The fire is restricted to a very small area near the Ashbrooke Creek fire trail. The location of the fire is in close proximity to the Tidbinbilla public ring road, which will necessitate the closure of the reserve in the interests of public safety.

There is no current threat to the captive animals and facilities at Tidbinbilla.

The Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre will remain open. To confirm opening arrangements for Sunday 20 January 2019 please call 13 22 81 or visit www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

Mount Gingera Bushfire

Firefighting helicopters continued to drop buckets of water on the fire until last light.

The fire is approximately 1 hectare in size and in extremely steep country. A NSW Rural Fire Service Rapid Aerial Response Team was inserted via helicopter and worked until last light before they were extracted.

ACT Rural Fire Service Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night.

Aviation and additional ground crews will re-commence from first light.

An update to the ACT Community will be provided by 9:00am Saturday morning.

Bush Fires – Mount Gingera – ADVICE

ACT Rural Fire Service are responding to 2 fires caused by lightning strikes.

One fire is on the Eastern side of Mount Gingera in the Brindabella Ranges to the West of the Cotter River.

The other fire is adjacent to Bendora Dam to the North of Mount Gingera.

Two helicopters are on scene, undertaking water bombing and observation.

Ground crews and heavy plant bulldozers have been deployed.

There is no current threat to property.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for these fires is set at ADVICE.

Both fires are currently less than 1 Hectare in size.

The Fire Danger Rating where this fire is burning is HIGH. Fires burning in HIGH conditions can be controlled. Embers may be blown ahead of the fire. Spot fires can occur close to the main fire.

If you see any unattended fires please call Emergency 000.

Updates to follow.

Dust haze across Canberra

The haze currently visible across the ACT is caused by dust from southern Australia and can be expected into this evening.

There are currently no fires in the ACT.

If you see a fire without a crew or truck in attendance please ring Emergency Triple Zero (000).

Truck Rollover – Parkes Way, Eastbound

Truck_Roll_OverACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service is currently responding to a small tipper truck roll over on Parkes Way, Canberra.

One pumper and one commander are on scene working to contain the trucks spill area.

Paramedics have accessed and transported the male driver to Canberra Hospital.

All lanes have been closed Eastbound and access will be restricted for the next hour.

The community are advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route.

For all updates on road closures visit www.tccs.act.gov.au

Update – House fire in Isabella Plains

Firefighters are conducting a primary search of the house. Multiple crews are on scene working to extinguish the fire.

The ACT Ambulance Service is also in attendance.

Update to come.