News Alerts

Ecological burns tonight

The ACT Rural Fire Service will undertake ecological burns from 6pm tonight, 14 March 2018, in the following locations:

– Croke Place, Evatt
– Umbagong Park, Latham
– Barton Highway, Cnr Barton Highway & Gungahlin Drive; and
– Gungaderra Creek, Barton Highway.

The burns will reduce fire fuel loads to protect our community and improve ecosystem health.

For information on all active burns in the ACT please check the ESA Incidents Map.

To find out more about how to stay safe and well if there is smoke in your area visit

Campfire starts bushfire in Theodore

A bushfire close to the Monaro Highway near Theodore was extinguished this evening by ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service.

The size of the fire was approximately 200 x 100 metres.

Seven units responded to the scene.

An unattended campfire has been determined as the cause of the blaze.

Bushfire in Oaks Estate – Update

The fire has been contained.

Firefighters remain on scene blacking out flames.

Smoke will be visible in the area for some time.

Bushfire in Oaks Estate – ADVICE

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service is working to extinguish a bushfire burning at Oaks Estate.

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

There are 12 units on scene.

The fire is located 200 metres north of the Oaks Estate low-level crossing.

The fire is under control and burning at a slow rate.

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.

The ESA advises you to monitor the situation for any changes through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website, 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

Road crash on Commonwealth Avenue, opposite Hyatt Hotel

A woman and a man have been injured in a crash involving a car and motorbike on Commonwealth Avenue.

The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue responded to the incident opposite the Hyatt Hotel shortly after midday today.

The woman and man were treated by paramedics for multiple significant injuries. Both were transported to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

ACT Policing are currently on scene. Multiple road closures are in place and traffic delays are expected.