ACT Emergency Services Agency Acting 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 12, 2013 to 11:59 pm January 12, 2013.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a very hot day with strong west to northwesterly winds tomorrow and a predicted top temperature of 37 degrees.
The forecast Fire Danger Rating for tomorrow is predicted to be EXTREME.
If a fire starts at the forecast fire danger level of EXTREME it may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving – flames will be higher than roof tops.
There is a very high likelihood that people in the path of the fire will be injured or die. Many homes and businesses will be destroyed.
Only well prepared, well constructed and actively defended houses are likely to offer safety during a fire.
Thousands of embers will be blown around.
Spot fires will move quickly and come from many directions, up to 6 km ahead of the fire.
For your survival leaving is the best option. You should relocate to the location identified in your Bushfire Survival Plan.
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.
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.
UPDATE: And this from TAMS:
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise that due to a total fire ban in place on Saturday 12 January 2013, the following nature reserves and roads will be 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 Sunday 13 January 2013 in the interests of public safety.
With the very bad fire weather expected in the coming days, closing Namadgi, Tidbinbilla, Googong Foreshores and Kowen Forest will ensure visitors are out of harm’s way should conditions deteriorate.
In an effort to accommodate recreational users, the Canberra Nature Park and all Pine Forest areas (other than Kowen Forest) will remain open to the public during the early morning hours, however users are advised that they should leave these areas no later than 11 am.
Electric barbeques provided at the Cotter, Casuarina Sands, Pine Island and in Canberra’s urban parks will be available, however all gas barbeques will be turned off.
For up-to-date Total Fire Ban declarations and more information about how they affect you, visit the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au, follow @ACT_ESA on Twitter or like ACT Emergency Services Agency on Facebook.
People can also contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.