News Alerts

Small grass fire – Tuggeranong

Firefighters from ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service have extinguished a small grass fire off the Monaro Highway in Tuggeranong.

At approximately 12pm, Firefighters responded to an Emergency Triple Zero (E000) call reporting smoke in the area and the fire was quickly extinguished.

No injuries have been reported and Firefighters have now left the scene.

House Fire – O’Conner

ACT Fire & Rescue attended a house fire on MacArthur Avenue, O’Conner at approximately 3am. Three pumpers, a breathing apparatus vehicle and a commander were on scene and quickly extinguished the fire. There were no recorded injuries resulting from the incident. The scene has been handed to ACT Policing for investigation.

2018-19 Bushfire season Starts 1 September 2018

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) has declared that bushfire season will begin one month early – on 1 September 2018 – due to forecast dry conditions.

Traditionally, the bushfire season commences on 1 October and runs through until 31 March, unless conditions warrant a variation. After assessment of the current conditions and consideration of forecast weather, the ESA Commissioner has made the decision to start the ACT bushfire season early.

During the bushfire season, rural landowners and managers must obtain a free permit from the ACT Rural Fire Service before conducting hazard reduction burns. To apply for a permit contact 6207 8609, or send an email request to rfs@act.gov.au.

House Fires – Belconnen

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) responded to two house fires at around 5:15pm this evening in Higgins and McKellar. ACTF&R responded with two pumpers, breathing apparatus vehicle and a commander to one and two pumpers, hazmat and a commander to the other. Both fires originated from ovens and firefighters were able to contain the fires to the rooms and appliances of origin.

ACTF&R reminds the community to “Don’t stop looking while you’re cooking” https://esa.act.gov.au/community-information/home-fire-safety/kitchen-fire-safety/

Hazard Reduction Burn – Pialligo Avenue

ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn tonight, Thursday 23 August 2018.

Dependent on suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions the burn will be undertaken at 540 Pialligo Avenue, Majura, (near Fairbairn Pines) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. The total size of the burn is nine hectares.

Fire tankers and support vehicles will remain onsite for the duration of the burn, departing once the burn area has been deemed blacked out.

The aim of the burn is to reduce the biomass of invasive African Lovegrass and to improve ecosystem health.

For information on all active burns in the ACT please check the ESA Incidents Map on the ESA website.

To find out more about how to stay safe and well if there is smoke in your area visit www.asthmaaustralia.org.au.