Update – Potters Hill bushfire – ADVICE

Firefighters worked overnight and continue today monitoring and suppressing the fire.

As of 10am today the fire is being controlled.

The prescribed burn was undertaken to manage fuel loads in an ecological manner in favourable weather conditions. Unseasonal severe fire weather conditions that were not forecast at the time of ignition caused the fire to jump containment lines.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency and NSW Rural Fire Service have an Incident Management Team and Incident Management Plan in place to manage the fire.

ESA Commissioner Dominic Lane has credited fire crews on the ground for restricting the burn to less than 200 hectares in severe weather conditions.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.

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

Fires burning in VERY HIGH conditions can be difficult to control – flames may burn into the tree tops.

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

Embers may be blown ahead of the fire.

Spot fires may occur up to 2 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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