4 November 2018

Pierce's Creek bushfire: Conditions help crews control blaze

| Ian Bushnell
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The fire is still 7km from the nearest suburb, Kambah. Photo: Jack Mohr.

The Pierce’s Creek bushfire in the ACT’s south-west is now being controlled, according to the Emergency Services Agency, but remains at 204 hectares and 7km from Kambah.

The ESA said that overnight more than 10 crews mopped up hot spots identified during on-ground patrols and helicopter surveillance, with air crews using thermal imaging cameras.

It said favourable conditions eased fire behaviour and helped firefighters consolidate containment lines, with bulldozers removing hazardous trees and strengthening tracks across the fireground.

The current alert level for the fire remains Advice, meaning there is no immediate danger to the community.

Today, more than 13 ACT Rural Fire Service crews continued work from overnight, particularly in areas of steep terrain, supported by two Remote Area Firefighting Teams (RAFT), seven helicopters, three dozers and an excavator.

Although the Fire Danger Rating was very high with westerly winds, mild conditions on the fireground assisted efforts to contain the fire and strengthen containment lines.

Westerly winds will continue to drift smoke from the Pierce’s Creek fire over the ACT in coming days, and people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise and should stay inside if affected by the dust or smoke.

The following road closures remain in place until advised otherwise:

  • Paddys River Road remains closed from the Cotter Road picnic area (near Brindabella Road) and Tidbinbilla Road remains closed at Corin Dam Road. Kambah Pool Road, from Kambah Pool to Mount Vernon Drive, remains closed.
  • The following areas will remain closed and inaccessible today and until advised otherwise:
    • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
    • Kambah Pool
    • Camp Cottermouth
    • Bullen Range Nature Reserve
    • Pierces Creek forest

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