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Bruce retirement village fire extinguished

A small fire inside a retirement facility in Bruce has been quickly extinguished.

ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to the incident at the Calvary Retirement Village on Jaegar Corcuit at 4:21pm.

The fire was largely extinguished by an automatic sprinkler system when fire crews arrived.

A total of eight units were evacuated as a pre-caution. No one was injured.

Firefighters are now undertaking atmospheric monitoring inside the affected area.

Damage from the fire was minimal while there is extensive water damage from the sprinkler.

Smoke haze around Canberra

Residents, especially those in the west of Canberra, may notice a heavy smoke haze around the local region.

This smoke is the result of prescribed hazard-reduction pile burns in Kowen Forest as well as other hazard reduction burns taking place in surrounding NSW.

Relatively calm and still weather conditions have caused the smoke to dissipate more slowly than usual.

There is no threat to people or property from these fires.

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 any difficulties.

Update – Garage fire in Dunlop

The fire has now been extinguished.

Quick work from ACT Fire & Rescue has ensured that damage was contained to the garage and did not extend into the house.

At this stage, the blaze is not being treated as suspicious and initial estimates put the damage bill, including the vehicles, at approximately $250,000.

No persons have been injured.

Garage fire in Dunlop

ACT Fire & Rescue is working to extinguish a garage fire in Dunlop.

Crews were alerted to the incident on Thornhill Crescent at 2.52am and responded with three fire pumpers, breathing apparatus support and two commander vehicles.

It is believed that two vehicles are also well-alight in the garage.

Firefighters have so-far contained the damage to the garage and the vehicles, with no extension of fire into the house.

Prescribed burn at Kowen Forest

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is conducting a prescribed burn today at Kowen Forest.

The burn will cover a number of piles of forest debris in three distinct areas totalling 250 hectares and will take a day or two to complete.

Temporary smoke cover is expected across Canberra.

More information about this burn