ACT total fire ban imposed as conditions set to worsen throughout the week

Dominic Giannini 28 January 2020 6
Total fire ban

The fire rating today is set at severe for the ACT. Image: File.

As the ACT anticipates a severe heatwave later in the week, a total fire ban has been imposed for the rest of January.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting extremely hot and dry conditions, and the forecast fire danger rating is set at severe. The ESA says that in these conditions, fires will move quickly and be difficult to control.

BOM forecaster Abrar Shabren told Region Media the ACT needs to brace for the severe heatwave, as temperatures will continue to increase, peaking over the weekend.

Temperatures are likely to hit the high 30’s and low 40’s from Thursday through to Saturday, with high overnight minimums. Winds forecast for Tuesday are fresh but still reasonably favourable.

“The heatwave is due to an inland trough which will gradually move to the east and weakens,” Mr Shabren said.

“We are looking today at conditions that will be quite hot, with some small haze in the morning but clearing, then forming again in the evening”.

“Today and tomorrow, for most of the morning we’ll see north to northeasterly winds. Those will change to northerly in the mid part of the day, then move to westerly”.

The coastal winds will bring smoke across the ACT this evening, and winds will become stronger tomorrow, easing off in the mid to late evening.

A total fire ban is declared by the ESA commissioner on days of elevated fire danger, increased fire activity or when forecast weather conditions are conducive to the spread of fire and may be imposed for part or all of the ACT. They respond to conditions when it would be extremely difficult to contain a fire, putting the community and property at significant risk.

A Total Fire Ban can also be declared as a preventative measure for reasons such as the number, nature or location of existing fires, severe forecast weather conditions over the coming days and heavily committed firefighting resources.

The ACT is also experiencing smoke across the region from the fires burning at Namadgi and the bushfires that continue to burn in neighbouring NSW.

The ESA website is regularly updated with information on any closures or restrictions. You can also call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for further information. You can also subscribe to receive an email from ESA when a Total Fire Ban is declared.

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6 Responses to ACT total fire ban imposed as conditions set to worsen throughout the week
Allan Turner Allan Turner 12:04 pm 28 Jan 20

Just got a bad feeling about this one ... so hope I'm wrong.

    Soledad Berenguer Soledad Berenguer 12:10 pm 28 Jan 20

    Allan Turner i hope you are wrong!

    Allan Turner Allan Turner 12:13 pm 28 Jan 20

    Soledad Berenguer will be very happy to be

    Margaret AndValdis Juskevics Margaret AndValdis Juskevics 3:17 pm 28 Jan 20

    Me too. Don't know why. Guess we feel tense and worn down

Jorge Da Silva Jorge Da Silva 11:13 am 28 Jan 20

Get water bombers in now... don't wait till too late..

Ann Tainsh Ann Tainsh 10:34 am 28 Jan 20

we are not there yet - I think we are all looking forward to winter ha ha !!

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