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ACT firefighters return from United States firefighting operations

555C7EC8-7021-4BBC-B2A9-C04E40BDCB77AA0B0C87-CCC2-4453-A07C-4FC2B4928DD359E1CDF5-C04C-4D0F-A84D-4EA534BB17AD139018B5-5709-460F-8B38-5AA2A815FA776FA0847A-1902-4795-8481-27A65BB8EEB5Ten highly skilled ACT fire specialists have arrived back home after completing their deployment to the United States where wildfires have burnt over 730,573 hectares across 14 states.

The contingent of three ACT Rural Fire Service, three ACT Fire & Rescue and four ACT Parks and Conservation firefighters, were deployed to Boise, Idaho, Redding California and Redmond, Oregon after the National Resource Sharing Centre received a request for assistance from the National Interagency Firefighting Centre.

Members of the ACT Emergency Services Agency today joined family and friends to welcome home the fireifghters at the Canberra International Airport.

Pialligo Ave reopened

Pialligo Avenue has been reopened. ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue crews have departed the scene and remind road users to drive to conditions.

Pialligo Ave closed

Pialligo Avenue is closed in both directions between Sherger Avenue and Oaks Estate Road following a crash involving two vehicles.

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service are currently on scene.

Firefighters have extricated a female from one vehicle. ACT Ambulance Service Paramedics transported the women to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

A male patient from a second vehicle has been transported to the Canberra Hospital by NSW Ambulance.

ACT Policing are on scene managing traffic and advised the community to avoid the area if possible.

Bushfire season starts today

VK_social_media_tileThe ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) reminds the community that the ACT bushfire season starts today, 1 September 2018.

Traditionally, the bushfire season commences on 1 October and runs through until 31 March. After assessment of the current conditions and consideration of forecast weather, Commissioner Lane has made the decision to start the ACT bushfire one month early.

All Canberrans should ensure they prepared. The Bureau of Meteorology has advised a 50% change of an El Nino event which means elevated risk to the ACT from bushfire, heatwave, and dust storm is likely.

Make sure you understand Fire Danger Rating (FDR) levels to help make safe decisions when travelling in and around the ACT. From today, the ESA will update the FDR daily, which is displayed electronically on all major arterial roads across the ACT, as well as on the home page of the ESA website.

In addition, people living in or near Bushfire Prone Areas (BPAs) should download a Bushfire Survival Plan from the ESA website, fill it in and have a discussion with their family about what they will do in the event of a fire.

During the bushfire season, rural landowners and managers must obtain a free permit from the ACT Rural Fire Service before conducting hazard reduction (HR) burns. To apply for a HR permit contact 6207 8609, or send an email request to

For more information on this year’s bushfire season, and how to prepare visit

Kitchen fire in Aranda home

Firefighters have extinguish a kitchen fire in a two-story home in Aranda.

ACT Fire & Rescue was called to Bindaga Street just after 4:20am

The sole resident was woken by a smoke alarm and self-evacuated. The woman has no injuries.

Crews are investigating the cause of the fire but believe it is non-suspicious.

Three pumpers are on scene with the Breathing Apparatus Van and a commander.