News Alerts

Fire extinguished at Mitchell Resource Management Centre

Firefighters have extinguished a fire in two semi-trailers at the Mitchell Resource Management Centre.

ACT Fire & Rescue was called to the incident just after 6pm.

Crews used water and foam to bring the fire under control. Smoke will be visible in the area for some time.

Three trucks and a commander are on scene. The fire is not believed to be suspicious.

ACT Fire & Rescue is assisting with clean-up operations and expects to leave the scene within the hour.

TOTAL FIRE BAN in ACT tomorrow

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:

12:00am Sunday 18 March, 2018 to 11:59pm Sunday 18 March, 2018.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot and dry conditions tomorrow with wind gusts between 55kmh to 90kmh. The temperature is predicted to reach 33 degrees.

There is also a Total Fire Ban in surrounding areas of the ACT. The Forecast Fire Danger Rating (FDR) for tomorrow is predicted to be SEVERE.

Tonight’s Skyfire will not be affected by the Total Fire Ban.


Explosion near Eucumbene Drive

ACT Fire & Rescue have responded to a car fire found in grasslands near Eucumbene Drive and Cotter Road, Stromlo.

Fire crews are currently extinguishing the blaze.

Multiple reports of a loud explosion and smoke alerted firefighters to the incident shortly after 7pm.

Ecological burns tonight

The ACT Rural Fire Service will undertake ecological burns from 6pm tonight, 14 March 2018, in the following locations:

– Croke Place, Evatt
– Umbagong Park, Latham
– Barton Highway, Cnr Barton Highway & Gungahlin Drive; and
– Gungaderra Creek, Barton Highway.

The burns will reduce fire fuel loads to protect our community and improve ecosystem health.

For information on all active burns in the ACT please check the ESA Incidents Map.

To find out more about how to stay safe and well if there is smoke in your area visit

Campfire starts bushfire in Theodore

A bushfire close to the Monaro Highway near Theodore was extinguished this evening by ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service.

The size of the fire was approximately 200 x 100 metres.

Seven units responded to the scene.

An unattended campfire has been determined as the cause of the blaze.