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2:15pm Saturday 17 September 2011 – Mitchell fire update

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell has this morning reassured Canberrans that response and recovery operations to the fire at the Mitchell plant Friday night are moving as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of the surrounding areas before exclusions are lifted.

To view the full media release, please click the link below. pdf icon20111709 – MR Mitchell fire update.pdf [.PDF 126 KB]

1:20pm Saturday 17 September 2011- Hazard reduction burn tomorrow at Symonston

The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) will conduct a hazard reduction burn tomorrow, Sunday 18 September, 2011, weather permitting, from 8.00am till 10.00am, on Jerrabomberra Ave, south of Narrabundah Lane, Symonston.

Five tankers, two command units and 30 personnel will conduct the burn covering a total area of approx half a hectare.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce a fire hazard with the removal of accumulated fuel and as a training exercise for new recruits.

The ACT Handy Map grid reference for the burn is L13.

The ACT Handy Map can be found by clicking on the link on the Bushfires Home page of this website, or on the inside back cover of the 2011/12 Canberra and region Yellow Pages phone directory.

8:55am Saturday 17 September 2011 – Update 25- Mitchell factory fire

The ACT Fire Brigade will maintain operations on-site over the next few days to ensure the fire remains extinguished.

There is no risk to the Canberra community who are free to carry out outdoor activities as per usual.

The exclusion zone around Mitchell remains in place over the weekend.

Some roads remain closed until further notice, they are: Sanford Street, Wells Station Road, Flemington Road from Morisset Road Mitchell.

9:55pm Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 24 -Mitchell factory fire extinguished

The ACT Fire Brigade has now extinguished the fire about 22 hours after it started.

Firefighters will remain on scene overnight to ensure there are no flare ups.

The recovery phase of the operation will commence in the morning.

The Mitchell exclusion zone around the fire site will remain in place for the weekend.