News Alerts

Evacuation at ANU preschool

85 children, parents and carers have evacuated from the ANU Preschool and Child Care Centre.

At approximately 1:45pm, ACT Fire & Rescue arrived on scene to find a small amount of smoke coming from an aquarium. All occupants are safe and accounted for.

Crews have removed a small amount of smoldering tanbark from the area and the building is now in the process of being reoccupied.

Hazard reduction burn – Stromlo Forest Park

Dependent on suitable weather conditions ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) will conduct a hazard reduction burn on Sunday, 11 November 2018.

The burn is one hectare in size and will be undertaken in Stromlo Forest Park near ‘Blue Gums’. A trail map of the area is available via stromloforestpark.com.au. The Park and trails will remain open to the public.

The burn will reduce potentially hazardous fuel loads and will be used as an exercise to train recruit volunteer firefighters.

Fire crews will be on site from 10:00am and will remain on scene until the burn is extinguished and deemed safe.

While all efforts will be made to minimise smoke impact on the community, the ACT Emergency Services Agency advises smoke will be visible in the surrounding area.

To find out about how to stay safe and well if there is smoke in your area visit asthmaaustralia.org.au.

For information about all active burns in the ACT check the ESA Incidents Map on the ESA website esa.act.gov.au.

Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire – ADVICE

The fire at Pierces Creek has been downgraded to ‘patrol’ status. This means ground crews will be patrolling the fire ground to detect and extinguish any smoldering material.

Further detection will be undertaken tomorrow by a helicopter mounted Forward Looking Infrared Radar camera. Any hotspots detected will be extinguished by ground crews.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) advises the community that the alert level for this fire remains at ADVICE.

Pierces Creek forest area remains closed. The community is advised to stay away from the area over the coming weeks due to ongoing work and rehabilitation.

Update – Pierces Creek Bush/Grass fire – ADVICE

The fire at Pierces Creek remains contained. The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) advises the community that the alert level for this fire remains at ADVICE.

Ground crews from the ACT Rural Fire Service will continue to patrol the fire ground for hotspots during the day and overnight. Crews will continue firefighting operations and rehabilitation throughout the week.

Kambah Pool Road is now open. Pierces Creek forest area remains closed. The ESA requires the public to stay away from the area due to ongoing firefighting and rehabilitation.

The Fire Danger Rating for tomorrow is LOW – MODERATE. Weather conditions are forecast to remain favourable for firefighting efforts, with rain expected to continue through to Wednesday.

The community is encouraged to regularly check www.esa.act.gov.au for updates.