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Total Fire Ban declared in the ACT with VERY HIGH fire danger rating

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 Wednesday 18 January, 2017 to 11:59pm Wednesday 18 January, 2017.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a hot day with a predicted temperature of 36 degrees.

The Forecast Fire Danger Rating (FDR) for tomorrow is predicted to be VERY HIGH.


Grass fire extinguished in Holt

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service have extinguished a grass fire in Holt.

The fire was approximately 20m x 20m in size.

Crews were alerted to the incident on Powell Street at 2:16pm.

Quick work from fire fighters ensured that no properties were damaged and the blaze was very quickly brought under control.

Clean-up continues after Friday’s storm.

The ACT State Emergency Service, with the help of ACT Fire & Rescue, The ACT Ambulance Service, The ACT Rural Fire Service, The National Capital Authority, Access Canberra, ActewAGL and Transport Canberra & City Services, has completed work on all jobs following 950 requests for assistance related to Friday’s storm activity.

The focus of emergency services this weekend was to clear roads and paths, remove trees from houses, restore power and make areas safe. This has resulted in a large number of trees and branches still on the side of roads and paths.

It is important to remember, as the clean-up continues, that trees which have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the resident to clean-up.

Trees that have fallen on public land (nature strips etc.) are the responsibility of Transport Canberra & City Services (TCCS) to clean-up and this process may take weeks to complete, given the volume of work involved. The ACTSES continues to receive calls for assistance and has already taken 15 today (Monday).

If there is a safety issue with a tree please contact 132 500. Emergency services do not remove debris but will attend to any safety concerns. If it is only an aesthetic issue, please be patient and TCCS crews will clear the debris on public land as soon as possible.

ACT firefighters assisting NSWRFS

Six units from ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service are working to extinguish a grass fire across the border.

NSW Rural Fire Service requested assistance this afternoon at 4:30pm. The three hectare fire is along Gooromon Ponds Road in Wallaroo.

The public may notice some smoke from the fire in north Canberra. For further details visit

Final update – ACTSES activated by storm activity

Crews are attending the last three jobs following 950 requests for assistance from Canberrans since Friday. It is expected crews will stand down by 8pm.

ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) volunteer units worked in collaboration with the ACT Emergency Services Agency, ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service, the National Capital Authority, Access Canberra, ActewAGL, and Transport Canberra and City Services. The ACTSES would also to thank the public for their patience this weekend while crews responded to the jobs.

For storm damage assistance call the ACTSES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies please call Emergency Triple Zero (000).