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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.

2:00pm Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 20 – Mitchell factory fire

ACT Fire Brigade are continuing firefighting operations and attacking the fire with large quantities of foam. ACT Fire Brigade advise explosions may continue through firefighting operations until the fire is extinguished.

Some residue including oil and firefighting material from the site has been identified in the Flemington Road ponds. This area has been isolated and the contaminated water is being removed.

The EPA is also conducting testing along all waterways leading into Lake Burley Griffin.

1:13pm Friday 16 September 2011 – Update 19 – Mitchell factory fire

Canberra Connect has received 2250 calls from the public about the Mitchell fire.

There has been no-one present to hospital with any of the symptoms that would occur from coming into contact with the smoke plume. We do not expect this to change at this stage.

It is known to cause irritation to skin and eyes, sore throat, nausea, headaches and dizziness, vomiting, chest pain and difficulty breathing.

People who have concerns they may have come into contact with the product of the smoke plume and have any of the symptoms should seek medical attention at an emergency department or ring emergency triple zero 000 for life threatening cases.

Road closures as previously advised are still in place.