ESA Incident Alerts

Update - fires to the west of the ACT

7 hours 20 minutes ago
Update - fires to the west of the ACT admin2 Sat, 01/18/2020 - 18:30

Today, ACT Remote Area Firefighting Teams (RAFT) were transported and winched onto the Mary's Hill fire ground by Helitak 274 and 275 to undertake firefighting due to rugged terrain.

Firebird 100 conducted a reconnaissance flight, identifying hot spots in the area. This data along with footage was used to task and brief crews working on the fire ground.

ACT firefighters have also been driving the perimeter of Mary's Road to blackout and extinguish accessible hot spots. This work helped strengthen containment lines on all edges of the fire.

The fire is currently being controlled.

Tireless efforts of ACT fire crews today with favourable weather conditions have reduced fire activity.

The fire remains 4.6 km west of the ACT border, and approximately 33.5 km from the urban interface.

The fire is currently 2,125 hectares in size.

Conditions on the Dunns Road and Adaminaby Complex Fire remain unchanged.

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From bushfire to babies

8 hours 30 minutes ago
From bushfire to babies admin2 Sat, 01/18/2020 - 17:20

A Canberra mother has given birth in an ACT ambulance. Baby number three for the family arrived much faster than anticipated.

At approximately 2 pm today, paramedics from Tuggeranong were called to assist a mother in labour after she started to feel contractions only one minute apart.

She promptly called an ambulance, hoping to make it to hospital about 20 minutes away, in time for the birth.

But her baby had other ideas and with the assistance of ACT paramedics, was safely delivered in the ambulance on the roadside of Mugga Way.

Mum and bub are in good health and are now in the safe hands of hospital staff.

Congratulations to the family - we wish you all the happiness in the world.

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Final update - chlorine leak - Civic Pool

11 hours ago
Final update - chlorine leak - Civic Pool admin2 Sat, 01/18/2020 - 14:51

ACT Fire & Rescue has contained and cleared the chlorine leak at Civic Pool.

Atmospheric monitoring has deemed the area safe.

The site has been handed back to pool management.

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Update - chlorine leak - Civic Pool

13 hours 48 minutes ago
Update - chlorine leak - Civic Pool admin2 Sat, 01/18/2020 - 12:02

Firefighters have contained the chlorine leak and are working with contractors to safely dispose the liquid.

The exclusion zone has been downgraded; however, the pool remains closed.

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Chlorine leak - Civic Pool

15 hours 27 minutes ago
Chlorine leak - Civic Pool admin2 Sat, 01/18/2020 - 10:23

ACT Fire & Rescue is currently on scene at a chlorine leak at Civic Pool.

HAZMAT crews are working to contain the leak and are undertaking atmospheric monitoring.

25 people were evacuated from the pool as a precaution.

An exclusion zone around the pool is in place.

The community is asked to avoid the area.

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Update - Fires West of ACT - 17 January 2020

1 day 10 hours ago
Update - Fires West of ACT - 17 January 2020 esaadmin Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:14

This information is current as of 15:00pm, Friday 17th January 2020.

ACT ESA will continue to monitor fire activity in and around the ACT.

At the time of publication there are no major bush or grass fires in the ACT.

The fires to the West of the ACT have seen minimal activity overnight.

For the most up to date information on fires in NSW visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

Please note, figures are likely to increase and decrease as aerial intelligence captures new data.

Mary’s Hill Fire

The Mary’s Hill Fire has moved no closer to the ACT border overnight.

The fire remains 4.6 km west of the ACT border, and approximately 33.5 km from the urban interface.

The fire is currently 2,100 hectares in size.

Between 5 – 10mls of rain fell on the fire ground overnight. This has assisted firefighters to conduct direct firefighting on the ground.

ACT’s helicopter, Firebird 100, is monitoring and mapping the fire, and undertaking lightning detection that may have occurred. 

In addition, four helicopters are undertaking water-bombing activities on the fire edge.

ACT crews are assisting NSW to continue to strengthen containment lines and operate heavy plant such as dozers.

Planning is underway for significant additional ACT crews to be on the fireground from Saturday.

Adaminaby Complex Fire

The status of this fire is Being Controlled. This means Effective strategies are in operation or planned for the entire perimeter of the fire.

The fire is now 1.8 km south-west of the ACT border and 48 km from the suburban edge of Canberra.

This fire is currently 93,650 hectares in size.

22mls of rain was recorded in the are over the fireground last night.

ACT firefighters, alongside NSW continue to monitor fire activity in the area.

Dunns Road Fire

The status of this fire is Being Controlled. This means Effective strategies are in operation or planned for the entire perimeter of the fire.

The Dunn’s Road Fire is 20 km west of the ACT border and 46.7 km from the urban interface.

It is currently 331,995 hectares in size and is still burning within containment lines.

ESA will continue to monitor the activity of the fire.

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Update - Mary's Hill Fire - 17 January 2020

1 day 14 hours ago
Update - Mary's Hill Fire - 17 January 2020 esaadmin Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:28 Mary’s Hill Fire

The Mary’s Hill Fire has moved no closer to the ACT border overnight.

The fire remains 4.6 km west of the ACT border, and approximately 33.5 km from the urban interface.

The fire is currently 2,100 hectares in size.

Between 5 – 10mls of rain fell on the fire ground overnight. This has assisted firefighters to conduct direct firefighting on the ground.

ACT’s helicopter, Firebird 100, is monitoring and mapping the fire, and undertaking lightning detection that may have occurred. In addition, three helicopters are undertaking water-bombing activities on the fire edge.

ACT crews are assisting NSW to continue to strengthen containment lines and operate heavy plant such as dozers.

Planning is underway for significant additional ACT crews to be on the fireground from Saturday.

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Update - ACTSES respond to storm activity

2 days 5 hours ago
Update - ACTSES respond to storm activity esaadmin Thu, 01/16/2020 - 20:28

ACTSES has received 115 Requests For Assistance following recent storm activity.

Our volunteer crews are busy on the ground and are working as quickly as they can to clear jobs. Please be patient as we respond to each and every call out throughout the evening.

If you need assistance with damage from storms or floods call ACTSES on 132 500.

In a life-threatening emergency call Emergency Triple Zero (000)

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Community Pop-ups 17-19 January

2 days 5 hours ago
Community Pop-ups 17-19 January esaadmin Thu, 01/16/2020 - 19:56

Volunteers from ACT Rural Fire Service, ACT State Emergency Service and ACT Fire & Rescue Community Fire Units are here to help you be bushfire and storm ready.

Our friendly volunteers will be at locations across Canberra this weekend to help you complete a bushfire survival plan or answer any questions you may have.

 

Friday 17 Jan

Saturday 18 Jan

Sunday 19 Jan

Canberra Centre

4pm – 8pm

9am – 5pm

10am – 2pm

Canberra Outlet Centre

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10am – 5pm

10am – 5pm

Dickson Shopping Centre

10am – 2pm

10am – 2pm

10am – 2pm

Erindale Shopping Centre

10am – 2pm

10am – 2pm

10am – 2pm

Gungahlin Village

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9am – 5pm

10am – 4pm

You can also download and complete your plan at https://esa.act.gov.au/cbr-be-emergency-ready/resources-plans/bushfire-survival-plan

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Update - State of Alert for the ACT – Thursday 16 January 2020

2 days 7 hours ago
Update - State of Alert for the ACT – Thursday 16 January 2020 esaadmin Thu, 01/16/2020 - 18:49

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) advises the community that there are currently no fires burning in the ACT.  

Our Incident Management Teams and aerial intelligence continue to closely monitor fire activity in surrounding NSW, including the Mary’s Hill Fire, Adaminaby Complex Fire and Dunns Road Fire.

ACT crews are also assisting NSW to strengthen containment lines at the Mary’s Hill Fire and Adaminaby Complex Fire as current weather conditions are impacting the fire ground. 

The latest information on the NSW fires to the south and west of the ACT can be found here.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a cell based weather warning and road weather alert for Canberra.

While the rainfall is welcomed, the ACT’s Firebird 100 will monitor lightning strikes that may occur from storm activity across the region.

Along with Bushfire Survival Plans, we urge Canberrans to be storm ready and know that simple steps in bushfire preparedness can also prepare home for storms.

This includes clearing gutters, trimming loose branches and securing loose items around the home. Information on how to prepare your home for a storm is available here.

For assistance during a storm or flood, call ACTSES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency call Emergency Triple Zero (000).

Continue to monitor the ESA website, social media accounts and local media channels for the latest information.

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ACTSES respond to storm activity

2 days 7 hours ago
ACTSES respond to storm activity admin2 Thu, 01/16/2020 - 17:57

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has received 45 Requests For Assistance (RFA) following storm activity currently impacting the ACT. ACTSES expect the number of RFAs to increase throughout the evening. A majority of call outs have been for support with water in roof cavities, skylight and roof damage and localised flooding. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a cell based weather warning and road weather alert for Canberra. Slippery roads and reduced visibility in heavy rain with thunderstorms can make driving conditions dangerous. Motorists are advised to take extreme care. If you need assistance with damage from storms or floods call ACTSES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency call Emergency Triple Zero (000).

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Oil Spill - Braddon

2 days 10 hours ago
Oil Spill - Braddon admin2 Thu, 01/16/2020 - 15:23

ACT Fire & Rescue are on scene at an oil spill on Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Teams from Transport Canberra and City Services will also be on scene. Lonsdale Street, city-bound is closed whilst crews ensure the area is safe. The community is asked to avoid the area.

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Update - Fires West of ACT - 16 January 2020

2 days 11 hours ago
Update - Fires West of ACT - 16 January 2020 esaadmin Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:30

This information is current as of 14:30pm, Thursday 16 January 2020.

ACT ESA will continue to monitor fire activity in and around the ACT.

At the time of publication there are no major bush or grass fires in the ACT.

For the most up to date information on fires in NSW visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

Please note, figures are likely to increase and decrease as aerial intelligence captures new data.

Mary’s Hill Fire

Mary’s Hill Fire is 4.6 km west of the ACT border, and approximately 33.5 km from the urban interface.

The fire is 1,874 hectares in size.

Prior to the arrival of the forecast rain, the wind associated with the predicted storm activity has impacted all fire grounds.

This has resulted in increased fire activity, which is being managed by NSW and ACT grounds crews.

ACT crews are assisting NSW to continue to strengthening containment lines and operate heavy plant such as Dozers.

Planning is underway for additional ACT crews to be on the fireground on Saturday.

ACT’s Firebird 100 is monitoring and mapping the fire and undertaking lightning detection that may have occurred following the storm activity.

Adaminaby Complex Fire

The status of this fire is Being Controlled. This means Effective strategies are in operation or planned for the entire perimeter of the fire.

The fire is now 1.6 km south-west of the ACT border and 48 km from the suburban edge of Canberra.

This fire is currently 93,650 hectares in size.

ACT firefighters, alongside NSW continue to monitor fire activity in the area.

Dunns Road Fire

The status of this fire is Being Controlled. This means Effective strategies are in operation or planned for the entire perimeter of the fire.

The Dunn’s Road Fire is 20 km west of the ACT border and 46.7 km from the urban interface.

It is currently 331,981 hectares in size and is still burning within proposed containment lines.

ESA will continue to monitor the activity of the fire.

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Update - Fires West of ACT - 15 January 2020

3 days 6 hours ago
Update - Fires West of ACT - 15 January 2020 esaadmin Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:30

This information is current as of 19:20pm, Wednesday 15 January 2020.

ACT ESA will continue to monitor fire activity in and around the ACT.

At the time of publication there are no major bush or grass fires in the ACT.

For the most up to date information on fires in NSW visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

Please note, figures are likely to increase and decrease as aerial intelligence captures new data.

Mary’s Hill Fire

Mary’s Hill Fire is 4.8 km west of the ACT border, and approximately 33.5 km from the urban interface.

The fire is 1,546 hectares in size.

ESA has extended the deployment of ACT crews who are assisting NSW on the ground strengthening containment lines and heavy plant such as Dozers.

ACT aircraft continue to monitor and map the fire, whilst assisting NSW to conduct waterbombing operations.

Adaminaby Complex Fire

The fire is now 1.8 km south-west of the ACT border and 48 km from the suburban edge of Canberra.

This fire is currently 93,650 hectares in size.

ACT firefighters continue to monitor fire activity in the area.

Dunns Road Fire

The Dunn’s Road Fire is 20 km west of the ACT border and 46.7 km from the urban interface.

It is currently 331,675 hectares in size and is still burning within proposed containment lines.

ESA will continue to monitor the activity of the fire.                                                                                                                                                                                    

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Update - State of Emergency - 18:30pm 15 January 2020

3 days 7 hours ago
Update - State of Emergency - 18:30pm 15 January 2020 esaadmin Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:30

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) advises the community that there are currently no fires burning in the ACT.  

The Bureau of Meteorology predict changing conditions over the coming days that could see rainfall and potential storm activity, including lightning.

Our Incident Management and aerial intelligence teams are continuing to monitor these changing weather conditions and fire activity including any new ignitions and fire activity in surrounding NSW.

We are also continuing to support NSW on the ground and in the air water-bombing and aerial surveillance at the Mary’s Hill and Adaminaby Complex fires.

Latest information on the NSW fires to the south and west of the ACT can be found here.

Stay up to date with fires in NSW via the NSW Fires Near Me App and www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

Along with their Bushfire Survival Plans, Canberrans are being encouraged to prepare their homes for potential storm activity. Information is available here to help prepare your home for the storm season.

Continue to monitor the ESA website, social media accounts and local media channels for the latest information.

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Mulch Fire - Hume

3 days 10 hours ago
Mulch Fire - Hume admin2 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 15:22

ACT Fire & Rescue crews are currently working to extinguish a mulch fire, following a fire in a loader tractor at Mugga Lane Tip in Hume.

The loader fire has been extinguished.

The mulch fire is under control.

Crews are expected to stay on scene for approximately half an hour more.

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Update - Mary's Hill Fire - 15 January 2020

3 days 14 hours ago
Update - Mary's Hill Fire - 15 January 2020 esaadmin Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:26

Information update - Mary's Hill Fire in NSW

There continues to be significant fire activity at the Mary's Hill Fire in NSW.

This fire is 4.8 km west of the ACT border, and approximately 35.5 km from the urban interface and 32 km from the closest remote property.

The fire is 1546 hectares in size.

ESA will continue to support NSW on the fire ground with ground crews, appliances and heavy plant.

ACT aircraft will continue to monitor the fire ground and undertake water-bombing operations.

This information is current as of 10:30 Wednesday 15 January 2020.

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