News Alerts

2:30pm Saturday 17 September 2011 – Health and Environment Advisory

Due to smoke being carried east, northeast and southeast from the factory fire at Mitchell, ACT just before midnight on September 15, people in the path of the smoke should take basic precautions.

While the risk is low, it is possible that some toxic residue may have been deposited in the path of the smoke, with comprehensive testing currently being undertaken by the ACT Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

As a precaution people are advised to take the following steps:

• not collect drinking water from roofs or other catchments until these surfaces have been washed down;

•drain or service ‘first flush diverters’ if they are part of a rainwater collection system;

•wash fruit and vegetables picked from gardens before eating; and

•where possible, provide bore water or town water for stock rather than dam water or other exposed water.

A small amount of fire fighting foam and other material has entered Flemington Road ponds but this has been isolated and does not affect drinking water supplies.

Potentially affected waterways are being sampled regularly by the ACT EPA.

Ring Canberra Connect on 13 22 81 (from the ACT and from NSW) for more information.

Visit or follow @ACT_ESA of Twitter for the latest news from the ACT Emergency Services Agency.

2:15pm Saturday 17 September 2011 – Mitchell fire update

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell has this morning reassured Canberrans that response and recovery operations to the fire at the Mitchell plant Friday night are moving as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of the surrounding areas before exclusions are lifted.

To view the full media release, please click the link below. pdf icon20111709 – MR Mitchell fire update.pdf [.PDF 126 KB]

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.