News Alerts

1:00pm Friday 21 October 2011 – Reminder to PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today reminded Canberrans about what preparations can be done around the home to be ready for the threat of bushfires over summer.

The reminder comes ahead of the ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) annual bushfire season community awareness campaign.

“The presence of grass fuel across the landscape as a result of prolonged wet weather in the Territory means there is a significant risk to the Canberra community in the months ahead,” Mr Corbell said.

“The seasonal outlook indicates that there will be average rainfall over the summer period, however daytime and night time temperatures will be higher than normal,” he said.

Full Ministerial media release

Two people injured in mva at Harrison

The ACT Ambulance Service is transporting two patients to the Canberra Hospital following a two vehicle accident in Gungahlin.

Intensive care paramedics responded this morning to the corner of Horsepark Drive and Mapleton Avenue Harrison.

One female patient , believed to be in her late twenties, was stablised on scene with knee and pelvic injuries while a male patient, also believed to be in his late twenties, has sustained chest and ankle injuries.

Both are on route to hospital in a stable condition.

Controlled burn tomorrow on Cooleman Ridge

The ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) will conduct a controlled burn tomorrow, Friday 21 October, 2011 weather permitting, on Cooleman Ridge, immediately south of the suburb of Chapman.

The ACT Handy Map grid reference for the burn is J13.

For more information on the burn visit or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

Two hazard reduction burns in the ACT tonight

The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) Gungahlin Brigade will assist a private landowner with a hazard reduction burn tonight, Wednesday 19 October, 2011 weather permitting, at the property Elmgrove near the Gungahlin Eucalypt Plantation and to the north of Horse Park Drive, Gungahlin.

The burn will commence from 7pm till 10pm.

Two heavy tankers, one medium unit, one light unit and 16 personnel will conduct the burn covering a total area of approx one hectare.

The ACT Handy Map grid reference for the burn is K9.

Also tonight from 7pm, a private landholder will conduct a separate hazard reduction burn of a small pile of tree prunings on Beltana Road, Pialligo.

The ACT Handy Map grid reference for the Pialligo burn is M12.

For more information on the locations of tonight’s burns, refer to the ACT Handy Map which can also be viewed on the inside back cover of the 2011/12 ACT and Region Yellow Pages phone directory.

The purpose of both burns is to reduce a fire hazard with the removal of accumulated fuel.

Small suspicious grass fire extinguished at Mawson

ACT Fire Brigade and ACT Rural Fire Service have extinguished a grass fire near Bernacchi Street, Mawson.

Estimated size of grass fire 40 metres x six metres.

Crews are conducting mopping up operations and due to depart shortly.

Cause of fire deemed suspicious and handed to ACT Policing to investigate.

Multiple Emergency Triple Zero (000) calls received from 2.42pm.