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Smoke from NSW fire visible in ACT

There is a grass fire located to the north west of the ACT in the area surrounding the Burrinjuck Dam.

Smoke from this fire is quite visible across the Northern parts of Canberra.

This fire is currently out of control. Crews from NSW Rural Fire Service, supported by aircraft in the ACT, are working to bring it under control.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency requests that people do not ring Emergency Triple Zero (000) for this fire but are urged to report any other new fires that they might identify.

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Due to the unsettled stormy weather that has brought rain across many parts of the ACT this morning the decision has been made to cancel the Total Fire Ban.

Conditions are still forecast to get hot and windy this afternoon but due to the rain only a very high fire danger rating will result.

The ACT ESA reminds the community to report any fires, particularly as the Brindabella ranges and areas to the west of the ACT have experienced significant lighting activity with this stormy weather.

ESA agencies will continue to monitor weather conditions closely.

Smoke damaged units in Phillip

Several units in a three-storey complex have received smoke damage following a fire in a ground floor unit.

ACT Fire & Rescue were called to Tanks Street in Phillip this morning and extinguished the fire quickly on arrival. The fire did not spread into adjoining units.

No one was home at the time, and no injuries have been reported.

Firefighters are conducting ventilation operations and investigations in the cause of the fire will begin soon.

Three pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van and a commander attended the incident.

TOTAL FIRE BAN DECLARED in the ACT tomorrow with a SEVERE Fire Danger Rating forecast

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Dominic Lane has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:

12:00am Tuesday 16 December, 2014 to 11:59pm Tuesday 16 December, 2014.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot and north westerly winds tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 34 degrees.

The Forecast Fire Danger Rating (FDR) for tomorrow is predicted to be SEVERE.


Update – Garage fire in Nicholls

Firefighters have managed to save a house from catching alight after a garage attached to the property became engulfed in flames.

Quick work by ACT Fire & Rescue crews managed to contain the fire to the double garage which contained two vehicles.

A search of the roof space has confirmed the fire did not spread into the home. Two occupants of the house were alerted to the fire by a neighbour and safely self evacuated.

Firefighters have extinguished the fire and now removed the roller doors to help ventilate the property.

The cause is unknown at this time.

The initial estimated damage bill is over $100,000 including the vehicles.