News Alerts

House fire in Gilmore

Firefighters are responding to reports of a house fire in Gilmore.

ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to an incident in Louisa Lawson Crescent at 11:39am.

Update to follow.

Pile burn at Kowen Forest

ACT Parks and Conservation will continue a pile burn at Kowen Forest tomorrow (weather permitting).

There is approximately 50ha of piles remaining from the original burn which was started on 15 May 2017.

Ignition of the piles is expected to occur all day with residual smoke to possibly be present for an extended period of time.

Crews will continue to monitor until there is no smoke is present.

More information and a copy of the map

Bruce retirement village fire extinguished

A small fire inside a retirement facility in Bruce has been quickly extinguished.

ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to the incident at the Calvary Retirement Village on Jaegar Corcuit at 4:21pm.

The fire was largely extinguished by an automatic sprinkler system when fire crews arrived.

A total of eight units were evacuated as a pre-caution. No one was injured.

Firefighters are now undertaking atmospheric monitoring inside the affected area.

Damage from the fire was minimal while there is extensive water damage from the sprinkler.

Smoke haze around Canberra

Residents, especially those in the west of Canberra, may notice a heavy smoke haze around the local region.

This smoke is the result of prescribed hazard-reduction pile burns in Kowen Forest as well as other hazard reduction burns taking place in surrounding NSW.

Relatively calm and still weather conditions have caused the smoke to dissipate more slowly than usual.

There is no threat to people or property from these fires.

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.

Update – Garage fire in Dunlop

The fire has now been extinguished.

Quick work from ACT Fire & Rescue has ensured that damage was contained to the garage and did not extend into the house.

At this stage, the blaze is not being treated as suspicious and initial estimates put the damage bill, including the vehicles, at approximately $250,000.

No persons have been injured.