17 September 2011

Victory declared over the Mitchell fire

| johnboy
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photo by abdul

ACT Fire Brigade has advised a wall on an adjoining building has collapsed.

The collapse has not resulted in additional smoke being released.

Fire-fighters are continuing to contain the blaze.

7:00pm Friday 16 September 2011

The ACT Fire Brigade has now extinguished the fire about 22 hours after it started.

Firefighters will remain on scene overnight to ensure there are no flare ups.

The recovery phase of the operation will commence in the morning.

The Mitchell exclusion zone around the fire site will remain in place for the weekend.

9:55pm Friday 16 September 2011

The ACT Fire Brigade will maintain operations on-site over the next few days to ensure the fire remains extinguished.

There is no risk to the Canberra community who are free to carry out outdoor activities as per usual.

The exclusion zone around Mitchell remains in place over the weekend.

Some roads remain closed until further notice, they are: Sanford Street, Wells Station Road, Flemington Road from Morisset Road Mitchell.

8:55am Saturday 17 September 2011

[Courtesy ESA, photo by Abdul]

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Holden Caulfield3:28 pm 08 Nov 11

I hope the resadents were informed of this insadent.

Felix the Cat3:05 pm 08 Nov 11

False alarm apparently. Fire crews attended and found no problems.

Felix the Cat2:12 pm 08 Nov 11

They just reported on the radio that there is smoke coming from the site of the Mitchell fire.

Katy Gallagher quoted worrying about the waterways and not wanting people in Mitchell to wash smoke grime from their cars – but I haven’t heard a word about public health. This toxic plume went into the air and generated more than 2000 health complaints – plus all those who like me had a stinging in the throat and a headache but didn’t advise ACT Health. Where’s the communication? Where’s an undertaking to blood-test ACT residents who were in the “stay indoors” advice zones? Where is the transparent advice about just what chemicals we’ve been toxed with?
And communication-wise, where was the detailed advice regarding “stay indoors”? Such as, instructions not to keep air-conditioning on, sucking outside air into the house? And if you have toxic chemicals blowing over your house, just how useful is simply “staying indoors”?
ACT Government’s crisis communication is frankly appalling. Remember, they have a huge vested interest in NOT communicating health effects and risks, as countering/measuring them will cost a lot of money. And this government won’t be keen to spend developer dollars on public health concerns if they can avoid it.
Where are the Greens on this looming issue?

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