WATCH AND ACT – Grass fire on Mt Taylor

The ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service is currently responding to a grass fire burning on Mt Taylor

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at WATCH AND ACT for residents of Pearce, Torrens and Kambah. One south bound lane of the Tuggeranong Parkway between Hindmarsh Drive and Sulwood Drive is closed.

The ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service has multiple units responding to the fire. Four water bombing helitcopters have been called in to assist.

The fire is out of control.

Multiple Emergency Triple Zero (000) calls have been received. Flames have been reported to be 3m high.

The Fire Danger Rating where this fire is burning is SEVERE.

Fires burning in SEVERE conditions will be uncontrollable and move quickly- flames may be higher than roof tops.

There is a chance people may die and be injured.

Some homes and businesses will be destroyed.

Well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.

Expect embers to be blown around.

Spot fires may occur up to 4 km ahead of the fire

Your home will only offer safety if it and you are well prepared and you can actively defend it during a fire.

Leaving is the safest option for your survival. You should relocate to the location identified in your Bushfire Survival Plan.

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 national version of 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

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