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Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire WATCH AND ACT

Firefighters are continuing to work to extinguish the fire at Pierces Creek. It is now 135 hectares in size.

The recent storm activity has had minimal impact on the fire front with approximately 1.4 millimetres of rain falling in the area.

The fire continues to burn erratically and is heading in a south-easterly direction in steep terrain. The fire is 7km away from the nearest suburb (Kambah).

There is currently no threat to property and no evacuations have been ordered for residents, horses or other animals.

Some members of the community have chosen to take their horses to Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) who are offering free stabling. Information about this is available on the EPIC website: www.exhibitionparkincanberra.com.

A map of the fire is available at www.esa.act.gov.au.

More than 20 crews from ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service are on site. Three bull dozers and two graders are working to assist with efforts at the site by building containment lines.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s severe thunderstorm warning for the ACT and surrounding region is still in effect with the potential for damaging winds over the next several hours. They also advise that the haze over Canberra is not smoke but dust from inland NSW. It is likely to get thicker throughout the evening.

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 dust.

People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency would like to thank NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW who were on stand-by to assist with efforts at the site, but these services are no longer required.

Storm contact – 132500

A reminder for storm and flood assistance, including fallen trees, please contact the ACT State Emergency Service on 132 500.

Only call Emergency Triple Zero ‘000’ in a life-threatening situation.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has received reports that a number of tress have come down across Canberra with recent thunderstorm activity and high winds.

Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire WATCH AND ACT

Firefighters are working to extinguish the fire at Pierces Creek. It is now 134 hectares in size.

The fire continues to burn erratically and is heading in a south-easterly direction in steep terrain.

There is currently no threat to property and no evacuations have been ordered for residents, horses or other animals. The fire is 7km away from the nearest suburb.

A map of the fire is available at www.esa.act.gov.au.

More than 20 crews from ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service are on site. Throughout the day five helicopters have conducted water bombing operations to assist and the LAT (Large Aeroplane Tanker) has dropped retardant over the site.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the ACT and surrounding region this afternoon with the potential for damaging winds over the next several hours. They also advise that the haze over Canberra is not smoke but dust from inland NSW. It is likely to get thicker throughout the evening.

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 dust.
People with asthma in particular should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.

Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire – WATCH AND ACT

No evacuations have been ordered for residents, horses or other animals.

There is currently no threat to property.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency advises the community the current alert level is WATCH AND ACT. This means that conditions are changeable and you should consider how you to protect you and your family if the fire were to spread. The Pierce Creek fire is still located 8kms from the nearest suburb. This is unchanged from 6am today (2 November 2018).

A map of the fire is available at www.esa.act.gov.au

Doorknocking to between 400 and 700 homes along the urban fringe from Kambah to Gordon is an education activity. Emergency personnel are conducting this exercise to educate people about what the fire threat alert levels mean, their current bushfire plan and what materials are available to them via www.esa.act.gov.au.

No evacuations have been ordered for residents, horses or other animals.

There is currently no threat to property.

Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire – WATCH AND ACT

The ACT Government has closed Kambah Pool and Kambah Pool Road. Camp Cottermouth is also closed until further notice.

Early this afternoon, ACT Emergency Services Agency personnel will begin doorknocking homes along the urban interface from Kambah through to Gordon.

This is a pre-emptive activity to help residents be aware of materials available at www.esa.act.gov.au to help prepare their homes and identify steps that will keep them safe if the fire continues to spread.

It is important residents start thinking about their bushfire plan and be aware of the bushfire alert levels so they can take appropriate action as firefighters continue work to extinguish the fire.

Targeted areas include those homes already identified as part of the ACT Government’s annual CBR Be Ready bushfire awareness doorknock campaign announced by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services last week.

Fire Status
The Pierce Creek fire is still located 8kms from the nearest suburb. The fire is 113 hectares in size at this time and is out of control.

The fire is burning erratically and is heading in a south-easterly direction in steep terrain.

There is currently no threat to property and no evacuations have been ordered, for residents or horses or other animals.

A map of the fire is available at www.esa.act.gov.au

Advice for ACT Schools
Schools should refer members of the public to Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or www.esa.act.gov.au for any updates.