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Update two – House fire in Monash

The fire has now been extinguished.

Crews will remain on scene to continue mopping-up and checking for hot spots.

The cause of the blaze is unknown, but initial estimates put the damage bill at around $350,000.

Update – House fire in Monash

The roof of the home has partially collapsed and crews are continuing work to extinguish the blaze.

A primary search has indicates the property was unoccupied when the fire started and nobody is believed to have been injured.

ACT Fire & Rescue has three pumpers, breathing apparatus support and a commander at the scene.

House fire in Monash

Fire crews are battling a house fire this afternoon in Monash.

ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to the incident at 1:37pm.

Firefighters arrived to find the property fully engulfed in flames.

Update to follow.

Hazard reduction burns: health advice

Controlled hazard reduction burns are occurring around the ACT today. Smoke particles can aggravate existing lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma as well as some cardiac conditions. Symptoms can occur for several days after exposure, so people with the above conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs.

If you have asthma or a lung condition and you develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow your personal Asthma or COPD Plan.

Please be mindful that the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department is currently only seeing trauma, paediatric trauma and birthing related emergencies, so please go to Calvary Hospital if you require immediate treatment or attention, otherwise call 000.

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Four prescribed burns across Canberra today

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate today will undertake four prescribed burns across the ACT.

  • The burns will include:
    – a 399 hectare burn near Wombat fire trail off Brindabella Road in Lower Cotter Catchment
    – a 12.59 hectare burn at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
    – a 12.1 hectare ecological burn at Gungaderra grassland nature reserve, Gungahlin Drive, Palmerston
    – a 10 hectare ecological burn at Mulanggari grassland nature reserve, Gungahlin Drive, Franklin.

The ecological burns are designed to benefit habitat at the grasslands, while also protecting Canberra. The other burns are to help reduce fire fuel and risk of bushfire.

Temporary smoke cover is expected across Canberra. Every effort is made to conduct burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke.

The burns will continue for several days.

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