News Alerts

Strong odour detected in Fyshwick

A handful of buildings have been evacuated in Fyshwick as a safety precaution only following reports of a strong smell in the air.

ACT Fire & Rescue was called to the building in Wollongong Street at 1:24pm.

Firefighters arrived to find the odour emanating from a building being used for storage.

Specialists from the ACT Fire & Rescue HAZMAT crew are currently working to identify the source of the smell.

Firefighters have been told it may be the result of a small chlorine spill in recent days.

Prescribed burning continues in the ACT

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development, weather permitting, will continue prescribed burning activities tomorrow and Friday at various locations in Canberra.

An 11.57 hectare burn at Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve, which commenced today, will continue tomorrow.

Two additional burns will also commence tomorrow to enhance grassland areas by removing thatch grass. These include:

– a 22 hectare burn at Jerrabomberra Grasslands Nature Reserve, off Monaro Highway (Thursday)
– a 11.56 hectare at Kama Nature Reserve (south), off William Hovell Drive, Molonglo (Thursday)

Pending suitable weather, fuel and soil moisture conditions, a fourth burn is scheduled to commence on Friday 21 April 2017 at Crace Grasslands Nature Reserve. This 12.2 hectare burn also aims to enhance grasslands by removing thatch grass.

Temporary smoke cover is expected across Canberra. Every effort is made to conduct the burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke.

Staff will continue to monitor the burn sites until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours.

More information on prescribed burning in the ACT

Update – City office building evacuated

Firefighters have found the source of the smoke. It was produced by an electrical fault.

The HAZMAT unit is on scene conducting atmospheric monitoring.

Occupants will be allowed back into the building shortly.

City office building evacuated

An office building in Civic has been evacuated following reports of smoke in the building.

ACT Fire & Rescue has three fire trucks and command on scene in Moore Street.

Firefighters are currently inside the building searching for any signs of smoke and fire.

ACTSES responds to storm damage

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has responded to 18 requests for assistance this afternoon following the storm.

All jobs have been completed. A total of 14 jobs were recorded between 2pm and 3pm.

Five volunteer ACTSES units, with the help of ACT Fire & Rescue, responded to the requests for assistance which were to fix leaking roofs across Canberra.