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Fire ban declared for Friday

By johnboy - 17 January 2013 6

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 January 18, 2013 to 11:59pm January 18, 2013.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting west to northwesterly winds and hot conditions tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 38 degrees.

The forecast Fire Danger Rating for tomorrow is predicted to be SEVERE.

If a fire starts at the forecast fire danger level of SEVERE 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.

[Courtesy ESA]

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6 Responses to
Fire ban declared for Friday
EvanJames 11:04 am 18 Jan 13

Pork Hunt said :

Let’s hope the total fire ban works better than it did ten years ago…

The fires 10 years ago were started by lightning, as is fairly well-known. And they started 2 weeks before they came down into Canberra and other settlements.

IrishPete 9:00 pm 17 Jan 13

Pork Hunt said :

Let’s hope the total fire ban works better than it did ten years ago…

It doesn’t apply to God. Or her Acts.

IP

wildturkeycanoe 8:10 pm 17 Jan 13

Darn it, I was supposed to be working outside soldering with a naked flame tomorrow. Guess I’ll have to tell the boss I can’t and hope I get a nice job on the other side of the wall, in the air conditioned building instead.

Jivrashia 7:31 pm 17 Jan 13

Pork Hunt said :

Let’s hope the total fire ban works better than it did ten years ago…

?
I thought the 2003 bushfire was started by several lightning strikes?

Pork Hunt 7:03 pm 17 Jan 13

Let’s hope the total fire ban works better than it did ten years ago…

cranky 6:45 pm 17 Jan 13

Damn,

Guess I can’t burn an effigy of Stanhope & his Emergency Services mates.

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