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ESA Bush/Grass fire – WATCH AND ACT

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service is currently responding to a grass fire burning at Holt.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at WATCH AND ACT.

There are 12 units on scene.

The fire is four hectares in size at this time and is out of control.

The fire is burning at a moderate rate and is heading in a easterly direction towards the golf course.

The Fire Danger Rating where this fire is burning is HIGH.

Fires burning in HIGH conditions can be controlled.

Well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.

Embers may be blown ahead of the fire.

Spot fires can occur close to the main fire.

For your survival leaving is the best option. You should relocate to the location identified in your Bushfire Survival Plan.

The ESA advises you to monitor the situation for any changes through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au, ESA Twitter account @ACT_ESA, ESA Facebook account @ACT Emergency Services Agency, the national version of the Fires Near Me mobile device App or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

This advice should be read in conjunction with current weather conditions. Current weather observations can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/act/observations/canberra.shtml

Kambah Professional Centre evacuated

A malfunctioning light fitting has caused the evacuation of more than 50 people from the Kambah Professional Centre on Jenke Circuit.

Smoke from the light fitting activated an automatic fire alarm.

Occupants of the building self-evacuated.

ACT Fire & Rescue arrived on scene at approximately 2:30pm and quickly identified the source of the smoke.

Fire crews will conduct atmospheric monitoring before allowing the building to be reoccupied.

Two fire pumpers, a command vehicle, and HAZMAT are on scene.

Final update – Building evacuation on Northbourne Avenue

Investigation of a possible gas leak in a building on Northbourne Avenue has concluded.

ACT Fire & Rescue found no threat to public safety.

Firefighters have deemed the building safe to be reoccupied.

The source of the smell is unconfirmed.

Building evacuation on Northbourne Avenue

More than 200 people have been evacuated from a building on Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City, following reports of a gas leak.

ACT Fire & Rescue arrived on scene shortly after 4pm and carried out atmospheric monitoring tests which detected no gas.

Investigations and atmospheric monitoring are continuing to ensure the building is safe to occupy.

Two fire pumpers, a commander vehicle, Hazardous Materials unit and the Breathing Apparatus support vehicle are in attendance.

ACT firefighters assisting NSWRFS

The ACT Rural Fire Service is providing assistance to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in extinguishing a bushfire in the Brindabella Range.

Two helicopters and ten crews have been sent over the border.

For information visit http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.