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Update – Canberra Hospital hazmat incident

Firefighters are scaling back operations at the Canberra Hospital.

Electricians are now identifying damage to the power supply room. No evacuations were necessary and no injuries have been reported.

Investigations into the cause will begin later this morning.

Canberra Hospital hazmat incident

ACT Fire & Rescue are at the Canberra Hospital managing a hazardous materials incident in the main building.

A power supply room has been isolated following a smell of gas being detected in the area.

No patients or staff have been evacuated.

Crews are working with maintenance teams and will shortly begin ventilation operations of the area.

An Emergency Triple Zero (000) call was made at 7.11am.

Hazard burns across Canberra today

The ACT Rural Fire Service is conducting hazard reduction burns across Canberra today.

From 8am today, crews will be on site at the Yarramundi Grass Lands next to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre.

This burn began last weekend and is expected to be completed today. The burn covers an area of approximately 9 hectares.

From 10am today, a hazard reduction burn will be undertaken at the Covenant Christian School, corner of Drakeford Drive and Woodcock Drive in Gordon.

The burn is 2.5 hectares in size and consists of exotic and native grasses.

Firefighters will remain on site until the area is declared safe.

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.

More smoke expected over ACT today

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development are continuing to conduct prescribed burns across the ACT today.

The 399 hectare burn near Wombat fire trail off Brindabella Road in the Lower Cotter Catchment, and the 12.59 hectare burn at Australian National Botanic Gardens continue to burn.

Also prescribed burns have started at two new locations.

– a 20.17 hectare burn west of Uriarra Village south of Brindabella Road and adjacent to Uriarra Village fire trail; and
– a 2.58 hectare burn at Coombs near Molonglo River adjacent to Edgeworth Parade.

Temporary smoke cover is expected across Canberra as a result of the fires.

Every effort is made to conduct burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke.

The burns will continue for several days.

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Update five – Switchboard incident at The Canberra Hospital – service update

The Canberra Hospital has now returned to business as usual operations.

The Emergency Department is fully functional and the Canberra Hospital phone switchboard is also operational. Hospital Road, which runs through The Canberra Hospital campus reopened early this afternoon.

All elective surgery and outpatient services will be reinstated tomorrow (Friday 7 April). Appointments booked for tomorrow will proceed as planned.

ACT Health is contacting patients whose surgery or appointments were affected today to ensure they have a rescheduled appointment at the earliest opportunity.

ACT Health thank patients and the community for their understanding during this incident.

It is expected that TCH Switch will remain busy during the next 24/hrs and appreciate your patience if you experience delays.