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The great UNI Pub lift debacle

By 19 January, 2014

A lift inside the UNI Pub in the city has been forced open by firefighters this morning after it had locked eight patrons inside.
Patrons were isolated for approximately 50 minute before ACT Fire & Rescue were called. Firefighters used hand tools to pry open the doors of the lift releasing the patrons from the London [...]

Kaleen fire

By 18 January, 2014

A light fitting in a three-bedroom home caused a small electrical fire tonight in Kaleen.
Firefighters rushed to the Tyrrell Circuit residence following an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call at 8.29pm and extinguished the fire which caused minimal smoke damage to the home.
The occupants safely self evacuated and fire crews are now ventilating the property before [...]

Another tip fire at Mugga Lane

By 18 January, 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service are working to extinguish a fire at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Facility.
The size of the rubbish fire is approximately eight metres by five metres and is contained.
Crews are using Compressed Air Foam as well as earthmoving equipment to extinguish the small fire.
8:09 PM

Firefighters have [...]

Water bombing helo for a 10m fire at Blue Range Hut

By 18 January, 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service is working to extinguish a grass and scrub fire burning at Blue Range Hut in the Uriarra Forest.
The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.
The ACT Rural Fire Service has multiple units on scene including a water bombing helicopter and a Remote Area Firefighting [...]

THANK GOD FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS!!!!

By 18 January, 2014

The Bureau has the blessed news that we’re in for a storm!
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Cobar and Bourke.

Please god let it be.

The smoke’s blowing in from interstate

By 18 January, 2014

The ACT Emergency Services Agency is currently receiving calls from the public concerned about the presence of smoke over Canberra.
The smoke is coming from a fire at Araluen, south of Braidwood, in NSW.
There are currently no fires burning in the ACT.
4:24 PM
[Courtesy ESA]

Dickson restaurant fire

By 18 January, 2014

A fire at a Dickson restaurant has been extinguished this afternoon.
ACT Fire and Rescue was alerted to the fire in a kitchen in a Woolley Street premise at 12.53pm.
Fire crews arrived to find the fire already extinguished by the occupants.
Firefighters are now conducting a search to ensure there are no signs of fire within the [...]

Southern Air Conditioning & Refrigeration – had a great experience

By 18 January, 2014

I am calling these guys the Compassionate Air Conditioning Guys and I have so much gratitude for them.
My mother was discharged from hospital post-surgery on the Monday and we returned home to discover that her air-conditioner was broken.
I did a Google search and called around and eventually got a hold of Nick at Southern Air [...]

On the subject of melty roads

By 18 January, 2014

After reading the Melty Roads post, I thought I’d send some images of the stones that were hastily laid at the Cooleman carpark during one of the hot days before Christmas (20 Dec 2013).
This carpark was only resurfaced in the last 6 months.
The work crews putting this down must have had a few to do [...]

ESA says you don’t have to mow the lawn today

By 18 January, 2014

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) urges the community to be sensible while outdoors today while a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place.
The use of power tools and outdoor machinery that can create a spark, such as angle grinders and lawn mowers, should be avoided today.
Gas and electric BBQ’s can be used today but only [...]

Firebombing to get away from the cops works about as well as expected

By 18 January, 2014

A man who used a homemade incendiary device in an attempt to elude police last night was arrested in Belconnen and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday, January 18).
Around 7.25pm, police were conducting a routine patrol in the Belconnen area when they detected an orange Daewoo sedan being driven erratically.
The driver [...]

Melty roads

By 17 January, 2014

Roads ACT is currently placing crushed stone on a number of roads throughout Canberra to prevent damage from the heat. Signs warning of loose stones are posted at all sites where this treatment has been applied.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the heat and watch for loose stone signage. In some areas [...]

Total fire ban for Saturday too

By 17 January, 2014

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 Saturday 18 January, 2014 to 11:59pm Saturday 18 January, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot conditions tomorrow with strengthening northwesterly winds ahead of a cool easterly [...]

More heat stuff: Falling Branches!

By 17 January, 2014

The ACT Government is warning the community to be aware of falling branches from large trees in the ACT.
During periods of extended heat conditions large trees, particularly Eucalypts, have been known to drop large branches as a method of surviving the conditions.
The community should take care when seeking shade or parking vehicles under large trees [...]

ActewAGL feeling the heat on power poles

By 17 January, 2014

ActewAGL has announced they’re scaling back today’s power outages for fear of being lynched by angry mobs:
Based on the latest weather forecasts, we have reviewed our planned maintenance schedule and made the decision to postpone 2 of the previously scheduled electricity interruptions for today.
These two jobs, which are pole replacements had the potential to [...]

Legal advice for Canberra artists

By 17 January, 2014

Joy Burch is putting the word out there that the ACT Government is chipping in for the Arts Law Centre of Australia:
ACT artists and arts organisations will have access to free or subsidised legal advice thanks to a national partnership to revamp the Arts Law Centre of Australia, to which the ACTGovernment is contributing $10,000. [...]

Parkes Way closures for triathlon festival

By 17 January, 2014

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a temporary road closure of westbound lanes of Pasrkes Way and a nearby car park for the Triathlon ACT January Festival 2014.
The westbound lanes of Parkes Way between Kimgs Avenue and Glenloch Interchange will be closed from 6am to 12.30pm Sunday 19 January [...]

Time to shine climate nuts! Mayor Rattenbury opens the gates of hell!

By 17 January, 2014

As if the whole city wasn’t irritable enough as the bricks of our homes start to glow from the accumulated heat.
Now Shane Rattenbury has been unable to restrain himself and has linked the heatwave to carbon emissions thereby kicking off the most annoying argument known to man.
As Canberra faces its third consecutive day of extreme [...]

Curtin mugging

By 17 January, 2014

ACT Policing is appealing for any witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Curtin early this morning (Friday, January 17).
About 6.15am a 41-year-old woman was at Curtin shops when she was approached by two males, producing a knife and demanding her purse.
The woman has complied with the demand and the men left the area [...]

Well played Canberra’s Nick Kyrgios

By 17 January, 2014

Canberra’s Nick Kyrgios won a lot of fans around the world with his close fought and cramp riddled second round Australian Open tennis loss to France’s Benoit Paire.
Definitely one to watch as he gets a few more years under his belt and miles in the legs.

I’ve seen bigger cigarette burns…

By 16 January, 2014

A small fire has been extinguished in Gungahlin this afternoon.
ACT Fire & Fire Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service were alerted to the incident just before 4.30pm.
Multiple units were quickly dispatched to the scene and put the fire out.
The area burnt was 1 metre x 1 metre.
4:49 PM
[Courtesy ESA]

Fire ban and associated closures to roll on with Severe fire danger rating

By 16 January, 2014

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 Friday 17 January, 2014 to 11:59pm Friday 17 January, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot conditions tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 41 degrees.
The Forecast Fire [...]

Work Safety Commissioner says “how about this heat?”

By 16 January, 2014

Worksafe have noticed it’s bloody hot outside:
Climbing temperatures this week have prompted an urgent warning from the Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe, reminding employers of the risks associated with extreme heat.
ACT employers are being urged to consider thermal comfort and sun safety in assessing the risk associated with business as usual.
“People who [...]

Kings Highway fire

By 16 January, 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service is assisting the NSW Rural Fire Service with a grass and scrub fire on the Kings Highway, Burbong.
Update to follow.
2:58 PM

The fire has been contained and crews are establishing control lines.
Firefighters had to drive in off road to get to the scene and carried out a direct attack on the [...]

Complaints from the prison

By 16 January, 2014

The wonder of FOI has produced a series of complaints from the Hume Hilton.
And you thought that wardrobe was a portal to a whole new world?
I particularly like the way the prison officials are nearly as incomprehensible as the inmates.

Leadership from the bench for the Brumbies

By 16 January, 2014

The Brumbies have announced more players who can’t make it onto the pitch for their leadership group:
The UC Brumbies have announced their leadership group for the 2014 Super Rugby competition, with Fotu Auelua and Clyde Rathbone joining David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano and Stephen Moore under the incumbent skipper, Ben Mowen.
The group of six [...]

Stromlo shutdown

By 16 January, 2014

ACT Territory, Venue and Events advises that Stromlo Forest Park will be closed effective 12.30 pm 16/1/14 until further notice due to the total fire ban conditions in the ACT.
Advice will be provided to the community as to when it will reopen.
12:14 PM
[Courtesy ESA]

Fire Vigilance Citizens!

By 16 January, 2014

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) is urging Canberrans to be vigilant over the next few days to ensure no fires are unintentionally ignited while a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place.
These are the worst fire danger conditions we have experienced in Canberra since January 18 last year.
If a fire starts at the moment it [...]

Suspected firebug hobo hoist on his own petard

By 16 January, 2014

A 48 year-old man of no fixed abode has been airlifted to Concord Hospital after receiving serious burns in a suspicious fire in Molonglo early this morning (Thursday 16 January).
ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service attended a grass fire located in a pine forest near Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Denman Drive after [...]

Parkway grassfire

By 16 January, 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service is working to extinguish a grass fire burning at the Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Denman Drive. Molonglo.
The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service has six units on scene.
The fire is located [...]

Property Council has a smile on their face

By 16 January, 2014

The Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey has got the local moguls feeling good:
Property Council ACT Executive Director, Catherine Carter, says the latest survey shows ACT property industry sentiment has jumped into positive territory for the start of 2014.
ANZ Head of Property Research, Paul Braddick, says property confidence in the ACT rebounded back into [...]

Public Information Coordination Centre stands up for Day Of Fire

By 15 January, 2014

I can’t actually remember the last time this happened but we meeja reptiles have been informed that:
The ACT Government Public Information Coordination Centre (PICC) will be operational at the ESA HQ tomorrow morning from 10 o’clock due to it being the third straight day of extreme heat and increased fire danger in the ACT.
When [...]

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