News Alerts

Fallen trees across the ACT

The State Emergency Service is responding to four fallen tree incidents across the ACT, including one tree on a vehicle.

As hot temperatures and strong winds continue into the afternoon emergency services advise the community to take extra care when walking or traveling near trees and to not park vehicles under trees.

If you require non-life threatening emergency assistance please call 132 500. In life-threatening emergencies call Emergency Triple Zero (000).

Flat fire – Belconnen

Firefighters have extinguished a small fire in a one bedroom flat in Belconnen.

ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to the incident in Totterdell Street at 4:39 this morning.

Multiple units responded and found a mattress alight. A small fire was quickly extinguished.

Crews report severe smoke damage inside the flat and no impact on neighbouring property.

ACT Ambulance Service Paramedics are also on scene and have treated one female for smoke inhalation.

Total Fire Ban – 14 February 2018

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:

00:00 hours on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 to 23:59 hours on Wednesday, 14 February 2018.

The Forecast Fire Danger Rating (FDR) for tomorrow is predicted to be SEVERE.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting windy conditions tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 33 degrees.

If a fire starts at the forecast fire danger level of SEVERE it may be uncontrollable and move quickly. 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 www.esa.act.gov.au, 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.

If a fire starts, the ESA advises you monitor the situation for any changes through the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au, 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 www.esa.act.gov.au or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Update – Coree bushfire

A bushfire burning on East West Road and Brindabella Road, Coree, has been extinguished.

Coree bushfire – ADVICE

The ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Fire & Rescue is working to extinguish a bushfire burning at the intersection of East West Road and Brindabella Road, Coree.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.

There are 12 units on scene.

The fire is located west of Uriarra Village.

The fire is approximately 100m x 50m in size and is under control.

The fire is burning at a slow rate and is not spreading.

The Fire Danger Rating where this fire is burning is HIGH.

Fires burning in HIGH conditions can be controlled.

The ESA advises you to monitor the situation for any changes through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au, ESA Twitter account @ACT_ESA, ESA Facebook account @ACT Emergency Services Agency, the national version of the Fires Near Me mobile device App or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

This advice should be read in conjunction with current weather conditions. Current weather observations can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/act/observations/canberra.shtml