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ORRORAL VALLEY - NAMADGI BUSHFIRE AT EMERGENCY 3.30pm 31 Jan

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This is an EMERGENCY WARNING level bushfire warning.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) advises that a bushfire is approaching:

  • Apollo Road
  • Boboyan Road, north of the Glendale depot
  • Top Naas Road, south of the Boboyan Road intersection

Leaving immediately is the safest option. If you are not in the area, do not return. Soon it will be too dangerous to drive.

The safest route out of the area is north using Naas Road towards Tharwa and Canberra. This route has been cleared and is being monitored by emergency services.

An evacuation centre is open at Erindale College, on McBryde Crescent.

Conditions are now very dangerous, and the fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect you and your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door. LEAVE NOW.

What you should do:

  • Leave the area to a safer place immediately
  • Listen to your local radio in your car for updates
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions

If you are unable to leave:

  • bring pets inside
  • keep smoke out of the house by closing windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels
  • fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking and firefighting water
  • identify a safe spot to shelter in, which should be a place with more than one exit, preferably inside a brick building, away from windows and doors. The safest spot is the place that will keep you furthest away from the intense heat from the fire. As the fire approaches and passes, the safest spot will change so be ready to move
  • listen to local radio for updates.

People in THARWA VILLAGE and the southern suburbs of BANKS, GORDON and CONDER and surrounding areas should monitor conditions closely and be ready to act.

Current situation:

The fire is travelling in an easterly direction towards Top Naas Road. The fire is out of control.

Properties are under threat - leave now if you are able to.

The size of the fire is currently approximately 19, 618 Ha.

Properties may be impacted by embers well ahead of the fire causing spot fires.

Power, water and mobile phone service may be lost, and road conditions may become dangerous.

Keep up to date:

  • Check the ESA website (esa.act.gov.au)
  • Follow ESA Twitter account (@ACT_ESA) and ESA Facebook account (@ACTEmergencyServicesAgency)
  • Download and monitor the NSW RFS Fires Near Me mobile app > Stay tuned to your local radio station
  • Contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Next update will be provided by 3:30pm or if the situation changes.