Update two – ADVICE – Bushfire in southern ACT

The ACT Rural Fire Service is continuing to work to bring a bushfire burning at Booth in the far south of the ACT under control.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire remains at ADVICE.

There are eight fire tankers, three commanders, two water bombing helicopters, one observation aircraft and earthmoving machines on scene.

The fire is located south of Tharwa, on the western slopes adjacent to Caloola Farm.

The fire is still approximately 12 hectares in size.

The fire is burning at a slow rate and is heading in a westerly direction. There is no property under threat at this time. The fire is burning away from a small number of structures in the area.

The helicopters have been used to water bomb and extinguish the outside perimeter of the fire.

Bulldozers are being positioned ahead of the fire to put in containment lines.

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An aerial view of the fire. Photo by Steve Forbes.

 

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

Fires burning in HIGH conditions can be controlled.

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

Embers may be blown ahead of the fire.

Spot fires can occur close to the main fire.

For your survival leaving is the best option. 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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