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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.

Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire – ADVICE

Twenty-three ACT Rural Fire Service units are working to extinguish the Pierces Creek fire. Crews are supported by six helicopters, and there is also three dozers, two graders and an excavator assisting emergency crews build containment lines.

Much of the fire activity today has been in the north-west where there is easy access for firefighters to manage spot fires and strengthen containment lines.

Due to back-burning operations, the size of the fire has increased to 202 hectares. There is no threat to property and no evacuations have been ordered for residents, horses or other animals.

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 Danger Rating is VERY HIGH today.

The fire continues to be uncontrolled but conditions are favourable. The fire is 7km away from the nearest suburb (Kambah). A map of the fire is available at www.esa.act.gov.au.

Paddys River Road has been opened between Point Hut Road and the entrance of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Paddys River Road remains closed from the Cotter Road picnic area (near Brindabella Road) and Tidbinbilla Road to the intersection of Point Hut Crossing. Kambah Pool Road, from Kambah Pool to Mount Vernon Drive, remains closed.

The following areas are not accessible today:
o Kambah Pool
o Camp Cottermouth
o Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
o Bullen Range Nature Reserve
o Pierces Creek forest

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve will be open tomorrow (Sunday, 4 November 2018).

The ACT Emergency Service Agency would also like to thank all the Canberrans they met during their doorknock yesterday. More than 50 ACT State Emergency Service volunteers, and ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service staff doorknocked more than 1440 houses. It is important for all Canberrans to be prepared this bushfire season with a Bushfire Survival Plan and for more information visit www.esa.act.gov.au

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 dust or smoke.

People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties. Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor local media and the ESA website for more information about this situation as it progresses.

Update – Storm response activity

IMG_20181103_111404IMG_20181103_102737ACT State Emergency Service with the NSW State Emergency Service have been working to finish all remaining jobs.

A total of seven jobs are outstanding and all are expected to be completed by 4pm.

No further requests have been received since 9am this morning.

ACT State Emergency Service would like to thank their NSW counterparts for mobilising quickly to help respond to jobs over the past 24 hours. The team would also like to thank ACT Fire & Rescue and Transport Canberra and City Services for their assistance.

For storm assistance call the ACT State Emergency Service on 132 500.

Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire – ADVICE

Westerly winds will drift smoke over the ACT today from the Pierces Creek fire and continue to be visible over the coming days.

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 dust or smoke.

People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties. Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor local media and the ESA website for more information about this situation as it progresses.

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.

Crews are continue work to strengthen containment lines. There is no threat to property and no evacuations have been ordered for residents, horses or other animals.

The fire continues to be uncontrolled but conditions are presently favourable. Due to the terrain, firefighters are experiencing milder conditions than the public may feel in the city.

Due to back-burning operations the size has increased to 189 hectares, and 7km away from the nearest suburb (Kambah). A map of the fire is available at www.esa.act.gov.au.

Crew levels remain at 13 ACT Rural Fire Service units, five helicopters, three bull-dozers and two graders.

The Fire Danger Rating is VERY HIGH today. The community is encouraged to regularly check www.esa.act.gov.au for updates.

The public should avoid the area so emergency crews can focus efforts on extinguishing the fire.

The following roads are closed due to the fire:
o Kambah Pool Road, from Kambah Pool to Mount Vernon Drive
o Paddy’s River Road, between the Cotter Road picnic area (near Brindabella Road) and Tidbinbilla Road to the intersection of Point Hut Crossing

The following areas are not accessible:
o Kambah Pool
o Camp Cottermouth
o Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
o Bullen Range Nature Reserve
o Pierces Creek forest

Earlier this morning, crews were alerted to smoke at Bullen Ranges Nature Reserve. Investigations by ground crews and aircraft found no flames, and it was believed to be smoke pushed from the Pierces Creek fire. The area will continue to be monitored throughout the day.

Update – Storm response activity

About 150 calls for assistance were received by the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) from 4pm yesterday (2 November 2018).

Seven ACTSES crews assisted by five NSWSES crews worked through the majority of jobs overnight which were mostly for trees and branches down. ACT Fire & Rescue and Transport Canberra and City Services also assisted to clear trees and branches down across roads.

Most of the calls were from the Tuggeranong region.

This morning six ACTSES and four NSWSES crews will work through the 31 outstanding jobs.

For storm and flood assistance call the ACT State Emergency Service on 132 500.