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

Firefighters are working to extinguish a bushfire burning at Pierces Creek.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been upgraded to WATCH AND ACT.

The fire is 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.

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

Fires burning in VERY HIGH conditions can be difficult to control – flames may burn into the tree tops.

There is a chance people may die or be injured.

Some homes and businesses may be damaged or destroyed.

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

Embers may be blown ahead of the fire.

Spot fires may occur up to 2 km ahead of the fire.

Your home will only offer safety if it and you are well prepared and you can actively defend it during a fire.

Leaving is the safest option for your survival. 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

TOTAL FIRE BAN declared in the ACT for Friday 2 November

Total Fire Ban – 2 November 2018
ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Dominic Lane has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:

09:00 hours to 23:59 hours on Friday 2 November 2018.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a hot day with strong NW winds expected early morning gusting up to 60km/h.

The Forecast Fire Danger Rating (FDR) for today is VERY HIGH.

Fires burning in VERY HIGH conditions can be difficult to control. Flames may be higher than rooftops.

Expect embers to be blown around. Spot fires may occur up to 4 km ahead of the main fire.

There is a chance people in the path of a fire may be injured or die. Some homes and businesses may be destroyed.

Leaving early is the safest option for your survival.

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

The ESA advises you to make sure you know where you will get more information and monitor the situation for any changes. You can do this through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au, the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

The following nature reserves and roads will be closed for the duration of the Total Fire Ban:

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, selected roads within Namadgi National Park including Apollo Road, Orroral Road, Old Mill Road, Warks Road, Mount Franklin Road and the Corin Dam Road, Googong Foreshores, Kowen Forest, Lower Molonglo River Corridor, Molonglo Gorge Nature Reserve, Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary and the Centenary Trail between Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve and Hall.

The Boboyan Road and Brindabella Road remain open to through traffic.

The Tidbinbilla and Namadgi Visitors Centres will remain open.

Swimming areas at the Cotter and along the Murrumbidgee River such as Kambah Pool, Pine Island Point Hut and Uriarra Crossing will remain open.

Electric BBQs in Parks and Reserves including the National Arboretum Canberra and in Canberra’s urban parks will be available, however, all gas barbeques will be turned off.

If a fire starts, the ESA advises you monitor the situation for any changes through the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au, the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts, local ACT media outlets or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

To find out more about Total Fire Bans log on to the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Update – Pierces Creek Bush / Grass fire – Birrigai Outdoor School

150 primary school children from Miles Franklin School will be transported from Birrigai Outdoor School early this morning.

Three TransBorder buses are scheduled to arrive on site at 9.30am to take the children directly back to school.

The children are expected to arrive at Miles Franklin School around 10.30am.

The ACT Education Directorate is contacting parents to keep them up to date.

Parents and carers can contact Berrigai Outdoor School on 6205 2006 for more information.

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

Firefighters are working to extinguish a bushfire burning at Pierces Creek.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been upgraded to WATCH AND ACT.

The fire is located 8kms from the nearest suburb.

The fire is 54 hectares in size at this time and is out of control.

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

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

Fires burning in VERY HIGH conditions can be difficult to control – flames may burn into the tree tops.

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Update – Pierces Creek – Road closures

The ACT Emergency Services Agency advises that Paddy’s River Road has been closed between the following two points due to the fire burning in Pierces Creek:

– Cotter Road at the picnic area park near Brindabella Road.
– The intersection of Point Hut Crossing and Tidbinbilla Road.

The community is advised to avoid this area and to follow the advice of emergency services.