News Alerts

Smoke being investigated at Parliament House

Fire crews are investigating the cause of smoke from an electrical switchboard room at Parliament House, Capital Hill.

ACT Fire & Rescue are conducting ventilation operations from the western side of the building and have evacuated a small area around the room.

No sign of fire.

Postponed – Hazard burn at Isaacs Ridge

The Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Directorate has advised the hazard burn at Isaacs Ridge has been postponed due to weather conditions.

Hazard burn on Isaacs Ridge

A hazard burn will be conducted today at Isaacs Ridge, east of Yamba Drive and west of Mugga Lane.

The Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Directorate has advised the burn will be undertaken to remove remove vegetiation debris and protect radio towers.

It is normal for stumps and heavy logs to continue to smoke and some flames may be visible in the interior of the burn after personnel have left the scene.

Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.

The Health Directorate advises that people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise and should stay inside if affected by the smoke. People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties

For more information visit http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/tamsd/2014/controlled-burn-on-isaacs-ridge-today or call 13 22 81.

Small fire in Florey Primary School library

Investigations are underway following a small fire in the Florey Primary School library.

The fire is not believed to be suspicious, with firefighters saying it was caused by a suspected electrical fault.

ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Automatic Fire Alarm at about 2:30am.

On arrival crews found a lounge suite alight. The fire was extinguished quickly and contained to the lounge.

Damage to books was minimal, however, there was some heat damage to associated electrical equipment in the room.

ACT Education and Training has advised school will operate as normal for students today.

ACT Fire & Rescue sent two pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van and a commander to the incident.

Update – Pergola fire in Dunlop

The fire has been extinguished and crews are conducting mopping up operations.

There was no one home at the time of the incident.

The fire extended slightly into the roof space of the single level home but was brought under control quickly by firefighters.

The entertainment area under the pergola was extensively damaged.

The damage bill is estimated at $20,000.

Investigations into the cause are now underway.