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Controlled burn in Chapman today

The ACT Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (TAMS) will today, Monday 10 September, 2012, conduct a controlled burn, weather permitting, at Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve, off Kathner Street in Chapman.

The ACT Handy Map grid reference for the burn is J13.

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.

For more details on the burn, visit or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

Update three – Fire forces evacuation at Belconnen Mall

Staff and customers have been allowed back inside levels one and three of the centre.

No fire has been located.

ACT Fire & Rescue crews are working with Belconnen Mall staff to check all electrical and mechanical equipment that may have caused the smoke.

Update – Reports of fire at city hotel

Smoke has been found on level five of the building cause by a malfunctioning exhaust system in a kitchen.

Firefighters are now ventilating smoke from the fifth floor before allowing staff and guests back inside.