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Update – Kayaker rescued from Lake Burley Griffin

The 68 year-old man has been assessed by paramedics and treated for hypothermia.

He’s been transported by the ACT Ambulance Service to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

The alarm was raised by a passer by. It’s believed he was in the water for 20 minutes by the time he was rescued by firefighters.

The ACT State Emergency Service are using a flood boat to retrieve the man’s kayak.

Kayaker rescued from Lake Burley Griffin

Firefighters have rescued a distressed kayaker 300 metres from shore in Lake Burley Griffin.

ACT Fire & Rescue responded to the distress call along with the ACT Ambulance Service and ACT State Emergency Service.

Firefighters commandeered a ferry to reach the man near Black Mountain peninsula.

He was pulled out of the water and is being taken back to shore for assessment by intensive care paramedics.

Update to follow.

Update two – Grass fire at Curtin

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service is now conducting a hazard reduction burn at the site of the fire.

The fire site now covers an area of around 6 hectares.

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.

Update – Grass fire at Curtin

The fire has been contained and extinguished.

Firefighters are now blacking out the area which is around 100 metres x 60 metres.

The cause is unknown.

Grass fire at Curtin

ACT Fire & Rescue is at the scene of a small grass in Curtin.

The fire is located off Dunstan Street near North Curtin Oval.

Multiple fire crews are working to extinguish the fire which is being fanned by light north westerly winds towards large stormwater drains.

There is no threat to homes in the area.

ACT Fire & Rescue has received approximately 40 calls to emergency triple zero (000).