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TOTAL FIRE BAN declared in the ACT – 15 January 2019

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:

8:30am Tuesday, 15 January 2019 to 11:59 Tuesday, 15 January 2019.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting dry conditions today with a predicted temperature of 39 degrees.

The Forecast Fire Danger Rating (FDR) for today is VERY HIGH.

Fires burning in VERY HIGH conditions can be difficult to control. Flames may be higher than rooftops.

Expect embers to be blown around. Spot fires may occur up to 4 km ahead of the main fire.

There is a chance people in the path of a fire may be injured or die. Some homes and businesses may be destroyed.

Leaving early is the safest option for your survival. Well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.
The ESA advises you to make sure you know where you will get more information and monitor the situation for any changes. You can do this through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website, the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

The following nature reserves and roads will be closed for the duration of the Total Fire Ban:

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, selected roads within Namadgi National Park including Apollo Road, Orroral Road, Old Mill Road, Warks Road, Mount Franklin Road and the Corin Dam Road, Googong Foreshores, Kowen Forest, Lower Molonglo River Corridor, Molonglo Gorge Nature Reserve, Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary and the Centenary Trail between Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve and Hall.

The Boboyan Road and Brindabella Road remain open to through traffic.

The Tidbinbilla and Namadgi Visitors Centres will remain open.

Swimming areas at the Cotter and along the Murrumbidgee River such as Kambah Pool, Pine Island Point Hut and Uriarra Crossing will remain open.

Electric BBQs in Parks and Reserves including the National Arboretum Canberra and in Canberra’s urban parks will be available, however all gas barbeques will be turned off.

There are also restrictions on lighting fires or undertaking high risk activities, such as welding or grinding, which may cause a fire to ignite. provides full details of these restrictions.

If a fire starts, the ESA advises you monitor the situation for any changes through the ACT Emergency Services Agency website, the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts, local ACT media outlets or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

To find out more about Total Fire Bans log on to the ACT Emergency Services Agency website or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

CBR be prepared for severe heatwave

Extreme_heatThe Bureau of Meteorology forecasts severe heatwave conditions for the ACT and surrounding region with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees by Wednesday.

The ACT Ambulance Service urge Canberrans to be ready for the high temperatures this week by knowing how to avoid heat-related stress with these simple steps:

– Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
– Plan your day around the heat and try to avoid being outdoors between 11am and 3pm
– Check on others especially the elderly, young children and babies, pregnant women and those with medical conditions
– Do not leave pets or children unattended in hot cars and;
– Stay indoors and make use of fans and air conditioners.

Signs for heat stress can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, weakness, headaches, and if sweating stops. Call Emergency Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance if you or someone else is showing signs of heat stress.

ACT Rural Fire Service remind the ACT community that it is important to give yourself and your property the best chance of survival during a bushfire threat by making a Bushfire Survival Plan.

For more information on summer safety and preventing heat-related illness, visit:

For information about bushfire prone areas and preparing for emergencies visit;

ACTSES receives 37 calls for help

The ACT State Emergency Service received 37 calls for help following storms across Canberra this afternoon.

All jobs have now been completed. Majority of requests for assistance were for minor roof damage and fallen trees across roads and driveways.

Five volunteer units from ACTSES were supported by ACT Fire & Rescue crews.

ACTSES remind the Canberra community to #BeStormReady and to visit the ESA website for information on how to prepare for a storm.

If you need assistance in storms or floods call ACTSES on 132500.

Mud rescue – Belconnen

ACT Fire & Rescue has helped free a male plumber from a hole at an industrial site near Howie Court, Belconnen.

The plumber’s feet became stuck in mud while he was working on a leaking water main.

Firefighters used hand tools to free the plumber’s feet, he was then able to climb out of the hole unassisted.

Paramedics assessed the plumber on scene. He did not require any medical treatment.

WorkSafe ACT attended the site and are making further enquiries into the matter.

Severe weather warning, CBR prepare now

CBR_Be_Storm_Ready_inlineThe ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) is again urging Canberrans to #BeStormReady ahead of severe weather conditions forecast to impact the ACT this afternoon.

ACTSES advise residents may experience leaking roofs, fallen trees, and localised flooding.

You can get storm ready by:
– moving vehicles under cover and away from trees
– bringing pets inside
– securing any loose items around the home that could blow away in the wind.

Further information on how to prepare for a storm is available on the ESA website.

In a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000). For assistance during a storm or flood call ACTSES on 132 500.