News Alerts

Reports of smoke – Deakin

Approximately 50 people have been evacuated following reports of smoke at Royal Life Saving House, Napier Close, Deakin.

ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters have found no active fire and are investigating the source of the smoke.

Three pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van, the Bronto, HAZMAT and two commanders are on scene.

Firefighters will conduct atmospheric testing to ensure the building is safe before handing it back to the building managers.

House Fire – Dickson

ACT Fire & Rescue are working to extinguish a house fire on Moncrieff Street, Dickson.

Three pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van and a commander are on scene. Firefighters have conducted a secondary search and the property is unoccupied.

Morphett Street is closed in both directions between Moncrieff Street and Guthrie Street and access will be restricted.

The community are advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route.

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Hazard reduction burns – Multiple locations

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a series of prescribed and ecological burns will take place at seven locations across the ACT on both Thursday 28 March and Friday 29 March 2019.

A total area of 60 hectares will be burned over two days at Jarramlee Nature Reserve, Jerrabomberra Grasslands, Gungaderra Grasslands, Dunlop Grasslands, Mulanggari Grasslands, Kama Nature Reserve and Crace Grasslands.

Every effort is made to conduct burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke but temporary smoke cover is possible and is likely to be visible across parts of Canberra.

Information and health advice for dealing with outdoor smoke can be found by visiting the ACT Health website.

Structure Fire and Advice – Mawson and Woden update

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) have fully extinguished the fire at Mawson Southlands Shopping Centre. ACTF&R advise that the smoke has passed and it is safe for residents in the vicinity of Mawson Southlands Shopping Centre and Woden Town Centre to be outdoors in the area.

Structure Fire and Advice – Mawson and Woden

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) have responded to a fire at Mawson Southlands Shopping Centre with four pumpers, aerial appliance, hazmat, breathing apparatus unit, Commander, Superintendent and Chief Officer. The fire is producing a significant amount of smoke and ACTF&R advise residents within the vicinity of Mawson Southlands Shopping Centre and Woden Town Centre to remain indoors.

Smoke particles can aggravate existing lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma as well as some cardiac conditions. Symptoms can occur for several days after exposure, so people with the above conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs.

If you have asthma or a lung condition and you develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow your personal Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Plan.