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www.theguardian.com: Canberra fires live updates: capital of Australia faces renewed bushfire threat – latest news

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Huge fires to the south smother city with smoke amid weather forecast for heatwave and searing temperatures as Scott Morrison prepares to address National Press Club today. Follow live news and latest updates


Moving briefly to South Australia, AAP reports that authorities there are bracing for a day of severe fire danger with special work to be conducted on the Kangaroo Island fire ground.
Earthmoving equipment, water tankers and extra fire crews are being sent to strategic locations on Kangaroo Island ahead of a day of high bushfire risk.
The blaze on the island is officially contained but the Country Fire Service says crews are still finding hotspots in various areas including Blue Gum Hill, Cygnet River and Vivonne Bay.


From Tuesday night. A lot of ACT residents are comparing this fire to the devastating 2003 blaze.


Just a reminder of where we’re at. On Monday, a defence helicopter landed in the Namadgi national park, south of Canberra, and accidentally sparked what authorities have called the city’s “most serious” bushfire threat since the city’s devastating 2003 fires.
Tuesday saw dramatic images of the fire approaching Canberra’s southern suburbs, but conditions eased throughout the evening and the fire was downgraded from emergency level to watch and act just before midnight.


As Luke has written, fire crews are making the most of today’s milder conditions before the expected temperature rise tomorrow and on Saturday.
Today ACT emergency service personnel, police and defence force members are door knocking in the southern Canberra suburbs of Banks, Gordon and Conder.


That’s all from me for now. My colleague Michael McGowan will be taking over for a while. And a reminder that Scott Morrison will be addressing the National Press Club this afternoon.


some comments from the ACT Emergency Services Agency’s incident controller, Matthew Shonk, who says authorities do not expect the fire to return to emergency level today.
But Shonk says the fire is not going to be put out today or tomorrow and that conditions will worsen in coming days.


The size of the fire is currently 10,079 hectares, according to the latest update from the ACT Emergency Services Agency.


Whelan on what she called “disaster tourism”.
“We’d had a number of reports from residents in the southern suburbs of the significant amount traffic coming into the southern suburbs last evening,” she said.


We are seeing some amazing photographs of the Canberra fire. Many of these photographs will have come from safe vantage points or from a person’s own property.
However, the ACT’s emergency services agency commissioner, Georgeina Whelan, is asking people not to engage in “disaster tourism” by heading to head to Canberra’s southern suburbs an Instagram shot.

ACT ESA Commissioner update on , notes "disaster tourism" i.e. people heading 2 southern suburbs to take photos. "Taking a great photo for Instagram is not worth your life. It is not worth slowing down my staff, who are working to keep Canberra safe."

Last night the fires sat to the south of the station. Although pretty impressive, the station is not under threat. Matt who was looking after the station last night took the pictures.


Scott Morrison will address the National Press Club today – and excerpts of his speech indicate a key theme will be expanding the powers of the commonwealth to respond to national emergencies.
First, Morrison describes the problem as he sees it:


This is some incredible footage from Martin Ollman, a photographer in Canberra.

RAW timelapse footage of the last few hours - Orroral Valley fire -Out of control


The weather over the coming days is expected to be very dry and hot in Canberra, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Wednesday is tipped to reach 36C, with the city shrouded in a smoke haze. Thursday will hit 39C, with more smoky conditions, while Friday the mercury will increase to at top 42C.


for the Orroral Valley fire warns residents in Tharwa Village, Boboyan Road, Apollo Road, and Top Naas Road to remain vigilant.
“Monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens,” the ACT Emergency Services Agency says. “If you do not need to be in this area, it is still best for your safety to not enter or return.”


Yesterday, a fire started by a defence helicopter which landed in the Namadgi national park, south of Canberra, sparked what authorities called the city’s “most serious” bushfire threat since the city’s devastating 2003 fires.
The Orroral Valley fire has burnt through 9,500 hectares and is expected to grow, although it is now at a watch and act level. Moderate conditions overnight allowed firefighters at the scene to strengthen containment lines.


Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the bushfires threatening Canberra today. I’m Luke Henriques-Gomes.

www.theguardian.com: Canberra fires live updates: Australian capital faces renewed bushfire threat – latest news

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Huge fires to the south smother city with smoke amid weather forecast for heatwave and searing temperatures as Scott Morrison prepares to address National Press Club today. Follow live news and latest updates


This is some incredible footage from Martin Ollman, a photographer in Canberra.

RAW timelapse footage of the last few hours - Orroral Valley fire -Out of control


The weather over the coming days is expected to be very dry and hot in Canberra, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Wednesday is tipped to reach 36C, with the city shrouded in a smoke haze. Thursday will hit 39C, with more smoky conditions, while Friday the mercury will increase to at top 42C.


for the Orroral Valley Fire warns residents in Tharwa Village, Boboyan Road, Apollo Road, and Top Naas Road to remain vigilant.
“Monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens,” the ACT Emergency Services Agency says. “If you do not need to be in this area, it is still best for your safety to not enter or return.”


Yesterday, a fire started by a defence helicopter which landed in the Namadgi National Park, south of Canberra, sparked what authorities called the city’s “most serious” bushfire threat since the city’s devastating 2003 fires.
The Orroral Valley Fire has burnt through 9500ha and is expected to grow, although it is now at a Watch and Act level. Moderate conditions overnight allowed firefighters at the scene to strengthen containment lines.


Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the bushfires threatening Canberra today. I’m Luke Henriques-Gomes.

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www.theguardian.com: Canberra fires: worst bushfires threat since 2003, chief minister says – as it happened

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Evacuation centres set up and RFS volunteers recalled as fire threatens southern ACT suburbs and NSW border. Follow latest news and live updates


That’s where we will leave our coverage for tonight. Thanks for sticking with us. The last update we received from ESA was that there was no change from the advice it issued at 10pm, namely that there is no immediate threat to properties in Canberra, but there are spot fires threatening Tharwa.
For those in affected areas, please follow updates from the ACT Emergency Services Agency on and .


We’ve just moved past 10.20pm, so let’s take recap on the events of the evening:


The easterly change we mentioned earlier is currently hitting the fireground. It is bringing with it wind gusts of 45km/h.
This will be the strongest winds we will see for the rest of the evening. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Rebecca Tamitakahara is speaking to the ABC right now.
We are still seeing those gusty winds for an hour or so following the change, but we are then expecting to see those conditions ease back. Temperatures are expected to drop to the early 20s, and they are expected to drop further into the night, into the teens.
We do have another cold front approaching NSW and the ACT later this week and this weekend. What that means is we will see those warm temperatures persist and get even hotter, particularly on Friday and Saturday.

Pretty scary scenes tonight, and clearly triggering a lot of trauma longer term residents have from the 2003 fires. What a shit of a summer. Photo credit: Josh Cox


Professional photographer Martin Ollman has just posted a timelapse of the Orroral Valley fire to Twitter, showing its behaviour from afternoon to evening. It’s quite incredible.

RAW timelapse footage of the last few hours - Orroral Valley fire -Out of control


These shots show Canberra’s southern town centre of Tuggeranong, dwarfed by flames and smoke. This town centre is about 20 minutes drive from the village of Tharwa.

Narlah and I checked out the from a safe distance tonight ftom across . Its not looking good so stay safe tonight ! Nice though.


The latest emergency advice says there is a spot fire burning near Tharwa, north of Spring Station Creek. Firefighters are on scene supported by a dozer.
The total fire size is now 8,106 hectares.


The ACT Emergency Services Agency commissioner, Georgeina Whelan, is speaking now. She says the fires visible to Canberrans are not the main fire front. They are spot fires, which are well ahead of the main front.
She assures residents that aviation assets remain airborne and are keeping a close eye on the front.
For our residents in Banks, Conder and Gordon, you may have already received a doorknock from SES, ACT Policing, or a defence member. That is not to trigger an evacuation. The doorknock is to remain engaged with our community, provide you with advice, and respond to any questions you may have.


This shot from a little earlier, as the sun went down, paints a scary picture. The ridgeline is ablaze.

A lot of people up on Mount Rogers in Canberra's north, watching the Orroral Valley Fire getting closer. This was taken at 8.50pm. No filter, just the sunset out of shot to the right.


Just a reminder that the southern suburbs of Canberra are not yet being evacuated. Authorities are doorknocking there, but they are not evacuating people.

ACT Policing, Australian Defence Force & State Emergency Service personnel continue doorknocking at residences in Banks, Conder & Gordon. This is NOT an evacuation at this stage.
For ongoing updates, keep an eye on social media channels & website.


The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has urged Canberrans to stay safe, while noting Australian defence force personnel are helping local firefighters.
An interesting aside, Morrison is speaking at the National Press Club tomorrow. An auspicious time for him to be speaking. I do hope he fields some pointed questions about the fire that will be still raging about 40 minutes to the south of the NPC, and the many others that have marked this unprecedented fire season.

Please remember to keep updated on the current emergency warnings for and stay safe.

Video: Orroral Valley fire, view from Davidson’s Trig


Joe Murphy, the ACT’s rural fire service chief, said the gusty conditions brought by the easterly change this evening will enliven the far western side of the fire, which is in the rugged terrain near Orroral Valley. But he warns:
It is very dry out there. This is a heavily timbered area. This is a very dangerous fire for our firefighters and we will not be compromising their safety to fight this fire.


The latest emergency warning from the ACT Emergency Services Agency says the fire is starting to spot near Tharwa village.
It is now 7,912 hectares in size. That means it’s more than doubled in size today. The situation remains the same for those in the southern suburbs of Canberra (Banks, Conder and Gordon). You should activate your bushfire plans and monitor conditions closely.


As the light fades, we’re getting a new perspective on the fire burning in the mountains. The flames are lighting up the night sky and illuminating the ridgeline.
A reminder that the emergency services agency is saying there is currently no threat to property in Canberra suburbs.

Current view from Red Hill now the sun has gone down. Dark smoke and flames clearly visible. There are many dozens of people at the lookout, most silently looking in. Lights of Woden and Tuggeranong visible.

My girlfriend just sent me this view from her driveway in Canberra. She’s leaving now.

as seen from Macarthur ACT iPhone 11Pro


We’ve just had a brief update from the Bureau of Meteorology. Canberra will experience a wind change in the next hour or two. An easterly is going to come through. That will make things difficult on the fire ground.
The change is expected to bring wind gusts up to 35km/h to 40km/h.


For those in affected areas, please follow updates from the ACT Emergency Services Agency on and .
Also , and for road closures go .


The sunset over Canberra this evening is beautiful, in a haunting, depressing kind of way.

It’s disturbingly pretty.

Bushfire smoke against Parliament House.


We’re expecting heavy smoke throughout Canberra this evening and tomorrow. The smoke is expected to come into the city from 8.30pm and linger until midday. ACT Health has issued a health alert. It says:
The ACT Health Directorate has upgraded health advice to the community due to the deterioration of air quality across Canberra from the heavy smoke.
The smog, which is impacting the ACT from fires across the border, is extremely thick and expected to linger in the coming days. Conditions may also be intensified by the hot temperatures forecast.

HEALTH ALERT: Thick smoke is being generated from the Orroral Valley fire and may impact south Canberra over the coming hours. Read our health advice for smoky conditions here:


A request has been made for assistance from New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Murphy said the size of the active fire has made that necessary.
They’re providing some support to the ACT tomorrow, I don’t know how big it is at this stage.


Rural Fire Service chief officer Joe Murphy says wind conditions have eased slightly this evening. He told the ABC:
We’ve seen a small drop in wind speeds, which will calm the fire down a little bit.
We’re playing it safe, we’re playing it very, very safe.
Now is the time to be listening to what we are saying and considering you actions, it really is, but there is no evacuation order for Banks and Gordon at this time.


We’ve just got a new emergency alert from the ACT’s emergency services agency.
The fire is now 7,912 hectares in size, so it’s still spreading. There is no evacuation order yet for Banks and Gordon, the southernmost suburbs.


Flames have now come over the crest of the mountains and are clearly visible to residents in the south of the city.
One woman from Wanniassa, a southern suburb, has described the scene. She has been watching the fire all day from the vantage of the hills in Wanniassa. She tells ABC Canberra the plumes of smoke rising from the mountains resembled “atomic clouds” earlier today. Now, she says:
The sky’s very dark, sort of purple and black with the orange behind it... I can see the flames along the ridge, Mt Tennant and along other mountains.

Flames now coming over multiple hills. Current view from Davidson’s Trigg with region of Woden in foreground.

Awful, flame fronts visible now, creeping over the range


It’s Christopher Knaus here, taking over from Ben Doherty. I’ll take you through the evening as the bushfire threat continues in Canberra’s southernmost suburbs.


Waterbombing is under way in the hills to Canberra’s south.

Take a look at this vision from our Firebird 100, the Specialist Intelligence Gathering (SIG) Helicopter.
This footage is from the North-Eastern side of the Orroral Valley Fire.

Orroral fire south of Canberra this afternoon - now heading towards Mt Tennent / Tharwa. Image looking south over Black Mountain from Gungahlin by Dory head of post

The current view looking south from Red Hill towards Orroral Valley fire.

Flames now visible from the Canberra suburbs - tho at th9s stage they are not in danger .... the fire’s spotting to 1km south of the southern suburb of Banks.

My bubble is getting a bit scary inside... view from the front yard

My childhood home is literally the “last house in Canberra”- right next to the roundabout that goes to Tharwa. Mum just sent me this photo taken at about 2pm


Many Canberrans, like me, will be remembering the horrific events of 2003 as they anxiously watch the bushfire currently burning in the mountains.
The 2003 fires burnt for days in difficult terrain in the ACT’s national parks – including Namadgi, the site of the current fire – before moving quickly into heavily populated suburbs on Canberra’s south-western fringes.


Extraordinary shot from Canberra Times photographer Sitthixay Ditthavong:

People gather outside Tharwa as the Namadgi National Park bushfire threatened Mt Tennent and forced the village's evacuation on Tuesday afternoon.


The Canberra Deep Space Network at Tidbinbilla is not currently under direct threat from the fire, but will be closed for the next few days.

With ongoing fire situation to our south and the expected weather over the next few days, we have decided to take the precaution of temporarily closing our visitor centre and .
Please note that there is currently no direct threat to the station.


The latest update says the fire is now more than 6,000 hectares, and is running north-east and east. It is out of control.


The view looking south-west from Mt Ainslie. In the foreground you can see the Australian War Memorial, Anzac Parade, Lake Burley Griffin, and parliament house.

From top of Mt Ainslie now - take care and be prepared!


A quick summary of what we know about the fire so far:


These posts offer a sense of the size of the Orroral Valley fire as it threatens Canberra.

shot from car driving back to from coast~ brave water bombers like tiny birds circling

Flames from the have crested the mountains. This is the view from Oxley at 1720h today.
The smoke is an awesome sight. This will be a long week.


Police say they’ve been working for weeks on evacuation plans for a situation precisely like the one unfolding in Canberra.
The chief police officer Ray Johnson said Banks and the other suburbs in Canberra’s south, particularly Conder, Gordon, and Calwell, were not yet being evacuated, but should pay close attention to the bushfire and information provided by emergency services.


These are the current road closures for the bushfire threat, as advised by ACT police:

The community of Tharwa nestled at the bottom of these hills is being urged to evacuate as the Orroral Valley Fire burns out of control in the Namadji National Park


The indefatigable Lyndal Curtis tells us a water bomber is in the air:

Air tanker just took off from Canberra airport. (And flew over my head)


We’ve just learned that the Canberra bushfire ignited due to heat from a landing light on a military helicopter, a MRH-90 Taipan, which was conducting operations in Namadgi national park.
The helicopter landed as part of reconnaissance work. Aircraft had been transporting people to clear land in Namadgi so that firefighting strike teams could be deployed to combat the fire.


The ACT emergency services agency issued an emergency warning to residents of Tharwa at 4.30pm saying it was too late to leave and to seek shelter immediately.
“The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path,” the advice said. “People in these suburbs are in danger and need to seek immediate shelter as the fire approaches.”

EMERGENCY WARNING - ORRORAL VALLEY FIRE - 28 January 2020, 6:00pm

Not what you want to see when leaving work Stay safe !

We're not done yet.

Another gut-churning sight this afternoon. Namadgi National Park.


Good evening, we are following developments with the bushfire currently threatening southern Canberra.
The ACT government says this is the worst fire threat to Canberra since the 2003 fires devastated the city, claiming 470 houses and four lives.

Australia battles new bushfire threat as smoke cloaks capital

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Australian officials warned communities in bushfire-ravaged eastern states to strengthen fire defense on Tuesday amid forecasts of soaring temperatures and strong winds, as one approaching blaze cloaked the capital in thick smoke.

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UK weather forecast: Temperatures plummet below freezing as commuters are warned over snow and ice

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Temperatures plummeted below freezing on Monday night with snow and ice expected to disrupt commuters across large parts of Britain this morning.

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www.theguardian.com: Heatwave to bring 45C days to NSW and Victoria with torrential rain for Queensland

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Extreme temperatures forecast for Sydney and northern Victoria as parts of north Queensland get 600mm of rain
Bushfires could flare back up across NSW and Victoria with an extreme heatwave expected for parts of both states on Friday, while a slow-moving low pressure system is pushing torrential rain across Queensland.
In NSW “it looks like fire danger is ramping up as we head into the weekend and Saturday will be the peak day,” according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s David Wilke.

This is not cloud

Some incredible rainfall totals recorded over the last 24 hrs. Intense rainfall recording over 500mm around Ayr, south east of Townsville, which itself received between 100-150mm.
Elsewhere, Normanton (Glenore Weir 193mm) and Hughendon (Woodbine 130mm)

⚠️ Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Intense Rainfall isolated over southern parts of the Herbert and Lower Berdekin District. Intense and prolonged rainfall may be dangerous and may lead to life threatening flash flooding. Find all warnings here:

Happy froggo enjoys the welcomed rain showers in Queensland

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Australia readies for more bushfires with temperatures set to soar

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Australian officials on Tuesday warned communities in hard-hit eastern states to strengthen bushfire defenses as soaring temperatures and strong winds were set to return, threatening to reignite some blazes and start fresh ones.

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Weather latest: Britain faces its coldest night of winter with snow and temperatures of -10 forecast

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Britain is facing its coldest night of winter so far on Monday with some areas predicted to see temperatures drop as low as -10C.

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UK weather forecast: Frost to cover Britain and snow on its way as temperatures plummet

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Commuters will wake up to frost on Monday morning as temperatures plummet across the country.

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