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Electrical fire in Bruce

ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished a small electrical fire in Bruce.

Crews were alerted to the incident on University Drive by an automatic fire alarm at 10:35am and arrived a short time later with two fire pumpers, breathing apparatus support and a hazmat team.

A small electrical fire caused by a malfunction in a battery backup room was quickly extinguished and the damaged battery has been removed.

The occupants were initially evacuated as a precaution while firefighters conducted atmospheric monitoring and ventilated the building, but they are expected to be allowed to return shortly.

Structure fire in Dickson

ACT Fire & Rescue has almost extinguished a structure fire in Dickson.

Crews were alerted to the incident on Hawdon Place at 6:47pm and arrived a short time later with three pumpers, breathing apparatus support and a commander.

Firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze and are now searching for any hotspots or flare-ups and will soon begin mopping-up operations.

No persons were believed to be in the building and no injuries have been reported.

Update – Strong odour detected in Fyshwick

The source of the smell has been confirmed as chlorine granules.

Air monitoring was conducted before people evacuated from nearby buildings were permitted back inside.

ACT Fire & Rescue has left the scene.

Strong odour detected in Fyshwick

A handful of buildings have been evacuated in Fyshwick as a safety precaution only following reports of a strong smell in the air.

ACT Fire & Rescue was called to the building in Wollongong Street at 1:24pm.

Firefighters arrived to find the odour emanating from a building being used for storage.

Specialists from the ACT Fire & Rescue HAZMAT crew are currently working to identify the source of the smell.

Firefighters have been told it may be the result of a small chlorine spill in recent days.

Prescribed burning continues in the ACT

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development, weather permitting, will continue prescribed burning activities tomorrow and Friday at various locations in Canberra.

An 11.57 hectare burn at Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve, which commenced today, will continue tomorrow.

Two additional burns will also commence tomorrow to enhance grassland areas by removing thatch grass. These include:

– a 22 hectare burn at Jerrabomberra Grasslands Nature Reserve, off Monaro Highway (Thursday)
– a 11.56 hectare at Kama Nature Reserve (south), off William Hovell Drive, Molonglo (Thursday)

Pending suitable weather, fuel and soil moisture conditions, a fourth burn is scheduled to commence on Friday 21 April 2017 at Crace Grasslands Nature Reserve. This 12.2 hectare burn also aims to enhance grasslands by removing thatch grass.

Temporary smoke cover is expected across Canberra. Every effort is made to conduct the burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke.

Staff will continue to monitor the burn sites until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours.

More information on prescribed burning in the ACT