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South Coast on alert as Watch and Act issued in the ACT

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The ACT Rural Fire Service has issued a Watch and Act for the Pierces Creek fire (above) west of Canberra. Image courtesy Clarissa Thorpe, ABC. 

Far South Coast Rural Fire Service crews are on standby as strong nor-westerly winds and hot weather hit the region.

The Rural Fire Service says crews may also be called upon to help out with a bushfire emergency in the ACT. There is currently a very high fire danger rating for the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires, with a severe danger rating and total fire ban for the Shoalhaven. There is also a severe weather warning for parts of the South Coast due to the strong winds. 

The Pierces Creek fire in the ACT is currently burning out of control in a south-easterly direction and is about eight kilometres from southern suburbs. A Watch and Act has been issued from the ACT Rural Fire Service. A stolen car, which was dumped and set alight, is believed to be the cause of the bushfire, which has burned over 50 hectares.

The fire is triggering an emotional response from many in the ACT who lived through the bushfire disaster of 2003, when nearly 400 homes were destroyed and four people died.

The RFS is also responding to a grass fire at Middle Flat south east of Cooma, which is under control.

Anyone travelling to the ACT and around the region today should monitor conditions.

Closer to home the Rural Fire Service's Marty Webster says there are no flare ups, at this stage, on the Yankees Gap fire ground north west of Bega.

To keep up-to-date go to the RFS website and Fires Near Me page. For information about the ACT bushfire you can also go to the ACT Emergency Services website.