ACT Emergency Services Agency A/g Commissioner Tony Graham has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:
12:00am January 9, 2013 to 11:59pm January 9, 2013.
The Total Fire Ban is due to the significant fire activity in surrounding NSW.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting west to north-westerly winds and warm conditions tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 28 degrees.
The forecast Fire Danger Index (FDI) for tomorrow is predicted at 25 with a Very High Fire Danger Rating (FDR).
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The community is urged to report any smoke or fire sightings immediately to Emergency Triple Zero (000). If a fire starts at the forecast fire danger level of Very High it may be uncontrollable and move quickly. Flames may be higher than roof tops.
Expect embers to be blown around. Spot fires may occur up to 4 km ahead of the fire.
There is a chance people in the path of a fire may be injured or die. Some homes and businesses may be destroyed.
Well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.
Your home will only offer safety if it and you are well prepared and you can actively defend it during a fire.
The ESA advises you to make sure you know where you will get more information and monitor the situation for any changes. You can do this through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au ,the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts or by calling Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
If a fire starts during the Total Fire Ban declaration period, the ESA advises you monitor the situation for any changes through local ACT media outlets, the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au or by calling Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
To find out more about Total Fire Bans log on to the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
Territory and Municipal Services reminds the community that due to the declaration of a total fire ban in the ACT, the following nature reserves and roads remain closed:
— Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (the Visitor Centre will remain open);
— selected roads within Namadgi National Park including Apollo Road, Orroral Road, Old Mill Road, Warks Road, Mount Franklin Road at Piccadilly Circus, and the Corin Dam Road (the Namadgi Visitor Centre will remain open);
— Googong Foreshores;
— Lower Molonglo River Corridor; and
— Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary.
Note that the Boboyan Road and Brindabella Road remain open to through traffic.
Additionally Namadgi National Park, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Googong Foreshores as well as Kowen Forest will remain closed until 7 am Saturday 12 January 2013 in the interests of public safety.