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ACTSES receives 72 calls for assistance

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has received 72 calls for assistance following recent heavy rain across the ACT.

Calls have come in from all parts of Canberra since 11.30am and are being attended to by crews from ACT Fire & Rescue as well as the ACTSES.

The majority of jobs are a result of minor flooding and leaking roofs, but a small number of incidents involve more serious roof collapses.

If you require assistance with storm or flood damage, please contact the ACTSES on 132 500.

ACTSES receives 24 calls for assistance

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has recieved 24 calls for assistance as a result of recent storm activity.

Jobs have been called in from all parts of Canberra although the majority are relatively minor.

ACT Fire & Rescue has assisted with calls regarding arcing power lines, as well as leaking roofs, minor flooding and trees brought down.

No injuries or serious damage have been reported.

Grass fire in Aranda

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service have extinguished a grass fire in Aranda.

Crews were called to the blaze on Belconnen Way at 4:09pm and responded with two pumpers, a light tanker, a medium tanker and a commander vehicle.

The 45 x 65 metre fire was quickly contained and firefighters are now conducting mopping-up operations. They will remain at the scene, patrolling for hot spots and flare-ups.

Hazard reduction burn in Tharwa today

The ACT Rural Fire Service will undertake a hazard reduction burn today, Saturday, 18 March 2017, in Tharwa.

The burn will begin at 11:30am on the corner of Smiths Road and Naas Road near the Namadji National Park Visitor Centre.

The 34-hecatre burn will target African lovegrass. Up to ten units will be on site throughout the burn.

Temporary smoke cover may occur in the areas around the burn location. Every effort is made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.

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

Update three – House fire in Ngunnawal

Firefighters have extinguished the fire.

Damage to the back of the house and roof was significant. There was also smoke damage throughout every room inside.

Investigations into the cause are underway.

ACT Fire & Rescue will remain on scene for some time.