Fwd: Fwd: TOTAL FIRE BAN - 28 December 2019

To: Danny McCreadie <>, 'COG list' <>
Subject: Fwd: Fwd: TOTAL FIRE BAN - 28 December 2019
From: David Rees <>
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 11:43:42 +0000

Completely agree, but this is the system we have, need changing when the dust/smoke settles.  ...........  However anyone Canada would understand 'States',     In ACT its the ESA,  in NSW its the RFS and Livetraffic and in Victoria its Emergency Victoria.........

On 29/12/2019 10:36 pm, Danny McCreadie wrote:

So….I think we all agree it should be easier than this. You need to know which site is reliable and which one to sign up to in order to know which parks are closed. It is a safety thing.


If I had got off a plane from Vancouver on Friday to do some birding in the ACT what hope do I have of making sense of this?


It will soon be 2020.




From: David Rees m("","dprbirdlist");"><>
Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:08 PM
To: COG list m("","canberrabirds");"> <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Fwd: Fwd: TOTAL FIRE BAN - 28 December 2019



Further to the comment made by John Bundock  this the email I was sent via the automatic system John Talked about.  It was sent at about 16:15 Local time on Friday ( Time on email is London time (GMT) for some reason) re Fire ban in Saturday.  That email system works well with regards to the ACT. There is an issue with using a NSW app such as 'fires near me" in the ACT as data on fire bans in the ACT are not always totally up to date there it appears.  There is no ACT app.   Oh the joys of living in a Federation....

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Fwd: TOTAL FIRE BAN - 28 December 2019


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David Rees




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TOTAL FIRE BAN - 28 December 2019


Fri, 27 Dec 2019 05:15:27 +0000







A message from the ACT Emergency Services Agency

The single source of truth for emergency information in the ACT

Total Fire Ban

28 December 2019




A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the whole of the ACT for the duration of Saturday 28 December 2019.

Residents are urged to:
> review their Bushfire Survival Plan and know what they will do if threatened by a fire; and
> to stay up to date via, the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts, local media outlets or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

The Fire Danger Rating is expected to sit at VERY HIGH tomorrow. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting dry conditions tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 37 degrees.




What does this mean?


During a Total Fire Ban it is an offence to:
- Light, maintain or use a fire in the open air;
- Undertake a high-risk activity. These are activities which may cause fire to ignite, and include welding, grinding, soldering and gas cutting; and
- Use of slashers and harvesting machinery in rural areas.
During a Total Fire Ban you are allowed to use gas or electric cooking appliances if:
- The BBQ is under constant adult supervision and attendance
- Three metres surrounding the BBQ is clear of materials that could burn
- A fire extinguisher or continuous supply of water is available for use to extinguish a fire if needed
- Electric BBQs in Parks and Reserves including the National Arboretum Canberra and in Canberra’s urban parks will be available, however all gas BBQs will be turned off. 
Visit or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for more information on Total Fire Bans including closures to nature reserves and roads.



Need more information? 






28 December 2019




To check the current Fire Danger Rating, visit

The Fire Danger Rating during this time will reach VERY HIGH. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot, very dry and moderately windy conditions with a predicted temperature of up to 37 degrees.








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