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Dog rescued from house fire

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Station Officer (SO) Jeff Sheetz discovered Cleo the dog after gaining access to the rear of the property during firefighting operations.

“I couldn’t see the dog because of the smoke but I felt her at my feet,” said SO Sheetz.

Cleo was thankfully unharmed and her owners were very relieved when they were reunited.

“Whilst we couldn’t save the house, we are glad that Cleo is safe,” said ACT Fire & Rescue Commander Cameron.

House fire – Palmerston

Firefighters arrived on scene to find fire and smoke coming from the roof of the property.

The fire has now been extinguished and the house has sustained major damage.

Four pumpers, the breathing apparatus support vehicle, a HAZMAT vehicle and two commanders responded.

Emergency service personnel will remain on scene and the street will remain closed until operations are complete.

The cause of the fire will be investigated.

House fire – Palmerston

ACT Fire & Rescue is working to extinguish a house fire on Laptz Close, Palmerston.

The street has been closed as a precaution and the public is advised to avoid the area.

Update to follow.

Hazard Reduction Burns – 28 April 2018

ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Parks and Conservation Service will conduct four hazard reduction burns in the ACT today, Saturday 28 April 2018.

Dependent on suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions the burns will be undertaken at the following locations from 9:00am to 4:00pm:

– Devils Gap between Tidbinbilla Road and Corin Road
– Schwarz Place, Fraser
– between Blackall Street and Bowen Drive, Barton
– near the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China at Flynn Drive and Coronation Drive, Yarralumla

Smoke may also be visible across the ACT from hazard reduction burns being undertaken by NSW Rural Fire Service to the North-West at:

– Baldy Range Two Sticks Road, Uriarra
– Tinkers Creek, Uriarra

ACT Parks and Conservation Service will continue work on the eastern side of Black Mountain Nature Reserve between Barry Drive and Frith Road.

Fire tankers, pumpers, and support vehicles will remain onsite for the duration of the burns, departing once the burn areas are secure from any flare ups.

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 on the ESA website or the Upcoming Prescribed Burns Page.

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

Prescribed burn – Black Mountain

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will take place at Black Mountain Nature Reserve on Thursday 26 April 2018.

The 17.5 hectare burn is planned for the eastern side of Black Mountain Nature Reserve bounded between Barry Drive and Frith Road.

Another 16 hectare burn to the south of Belconnen Way will be implemented on Friday and/or Saturday depending on weather conditions.

The burns are being conducted to reduce fire hazard as well as provide protection to nearby housing and the Australian Botanic Gardens.

A map showing the location of the burn sites is available at the Upcoming Prescribed Burns Page.

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.

You can also find out information about upcoming burns by following @ACT_Parks on Twitter, @ACTParks on Facebook or by completing a simple smartform to get an all of ACT Parks and Conservation Service prescribed burn updates by email.