Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire – ADVICE

The ACT Emergency Services Agency advises the community that the current alert level for this fire remains ADVICE. This means that while there is still a fire, there is no immediate danger to the community.

The fire is now being controlled and is at a size of 204 hectares due in part to backburning operations. The fire is 7km away from the nearest suburb (Kambah). A map of the fire is available at www.esa.act.gov.au.

The Fire Danger Rating for the ACT as at 5:45pm is HIGH with light winds predicted overnight. Predicted favourable weather conditions overnight will help firefighters to strengthen containment lines.

Westerly winds will continue to drift smoke from the Pierces Creek fire over the ACT tonight and in coming days. People with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise and should stay inside if affected by the dust or smoke.

People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.

The following road closures remain in place for tonight, tomorrow and until advised otherwise:
Paddys River Road remains closed from the Cotter Road picnic area (near Brindabella Road) and Tidbinbilla Road remains closed to Corin Dam Road. Kambah Pool Road, from Kambah Pool to Mount Vernon Drive, remains closed.
The following areas will remain closed and inaccessible tonight, tomorrow and until advised otherwise:
o Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
o Kambah Pool
o Camp Cottermouth
o Bullen Range Nature Reserve
o Pierces Creek forest

The community is encouraged to regularly check www.esa.act.gov.au for updates.

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