The ACT Rural Fire Service is working to extinguish a bushfire burning at Mt Clear near the ACT/NSW border.
The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.
The fire is currently located on the western ranges of Mt Clear, approximately 35 kilometres south of Canberra’s urban edge.
The fire is approximately 47 hectares in size and is being controlled.
There are currently 35 firefighters working on the ground supported by at total of 12 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
Two bulldozers have been working at the southern edge of the fire today and will continue to work until last light. An additional dozer will be in operation tomorrow.
Firefighters using hand tools have had great success creating and monitoring containment lines at the western edge of the fire. They will continue to work in the area overnight.
Severe conditions are forecast to impact this fire on Sunday and due to the remote nature of this fire, there is a high potential for this fire to spread under these conditions.
An easterly spread of this fire would see the fire move across the ACT border into areas of NSW between Michelago and Bredbo. The ACT Rural Fire Service has put appropriate arrangements in place with NSW Rural Fire Service should this eventuate.
The ESA advises you to monitor the situation for any changes through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au, ESA Twitter account @ACT_ESA, ESA Facebook account @ACT Emergency Services Agency, the Fires Near Me mobile device App or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
This advice should be read in conjunction with current weather conditions. Current weather observations can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/act/observations/canberra.shtml