News Alerts

Prescribed burn – Black Mountain

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will take place at Black Mountain Nature Reserve on Thursday 26 April 2018.

The 17.5 hectare burn is planned for the eastern side of Black Mountain Nature Reserve bounded between Barry Drive and Frith Road.

Another 16 hectare burn to the south of Belconnen Way will be implemented on Friday and/or Saturday depending on weather conditions.

The burns are being conducted to reduce fire hazard as well as provide protection to nearby housing and the Australian Botanic Gardens.

A map showing the location of the burn sites is available at the Upcoming Prescribed Burns Page.

People with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise and should stay inside if affected by the smoke. People with asthma, in particular, should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.

You can also find out information about upcoming burns by following @ACT_Parks on Twitter, @ACTParks on Facebook or by completing a simple smartform to get an all of ACT Parks and Conservation Service prescribed burn updates by email.

Structure fire – Belconnen

ACT Fire & Rescue extinguished a structure fire on Lathlain Street in Belconnen at approximately 10:40pm.

Four pumpers, the Bronto aerial appliance, two commanders and the breathing apparatus support vehicle responded to the Emergency Triple Zero (E000) call received at 10:03pm.

ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Policing also attended the scene.

Emergency service personnel will remain on scene until operations are completed.

Update – Unit fire, Bonython

Firefighters contained the fire to a bedroom where the blaze is believed to have started.

Neighbouring units were unaffected and no injuries have been reported.

ACT Fire & Rescue remain on scene undertaking ventilation and atmospheric monitoring of the building.

The cause of the fire will be investigated.

Unit fire – Bonython

ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished a fire in a two-story unit complex in Tenison-Woods Circuit, Bonython.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find fire and smoke coming from the second floor of the building.

Three pumpers, one command vehicle and two support vehicles are on scene.

Update to follow.

Update – Two people rescued from fire, Belconnen

ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished a kitchen fire in an apartment on the top level of a four-story building.

Firefighters rescued two unconscious males from the living area of the small apartment and immediately administered CPR.

ACT Ambulance Service paramedics treated both patients for smoke inhalation at the scene and transported them to the Canberra Hospital.

Both patients were in a serious condition on arrival to the hospital.

Firefighters have determined the cause of the fire as cooking left unattended, and remind the community: “Don’t stop looking while you’re cooking”.

The Emergency Triple Zero (000) call was received at 3:27pm.