Up to 60 people have been removed as a precaution from building five due to a power outage from the incident. A number of people in buildings two and three have also been relocated within those buildings to areas not affected by smoke. No one else has been evacuated from other buildings on the hospital campus at this time.
ACT Fire & Rescue is managing a switchboard fail at the Canberra Hospital with ACT Health and ActewAGL.
More than 150 people have been evacuated from building two and five.
Firefighters were called to the incident at 5:40pm. The switchboard is still smouldering and ActewAGL are providing assistance.
There is significant smoke logging in the lower level of the buildings. Smoke doors have been used which have prevented smoke from entering the upper levels.
Units are conducting atmospheric monitoring and will remain on scene for some time.
The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) will conduct a hazard reduction burn tomorrow at Yarramundi (weather permitting) on behalf of the National Capital Authority.
The burn in the Yarramundi Grass Lands adjacent to the ATSI Cultural Centre will commence at 8:00am.
The burn will cover an area of approximately 9 hectares.
Firefighters expect to conclude the burn mid afternoon but will remain until the site is declared safe.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.
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 smoke.
People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.
ACT Fire & Rescue has evacuated an office building in Mitchell following a fire in a battery backup system.
Crews were alerted to the incident on Darling Street at 1:44pm and responded to find the fire had been extinguished by maintenance crews who were working on the battery backup system for an elevator.
Due to the nature of the fire, fumes are still present, so hazmat teams will ventilate the area and conduct atmospheric testing before allowing occupants to return to the building.
Daylight Savings will end in the ACT this weekend.
ACT Fire & Rescue is asking you to change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clock.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives!