State of emergency declared as bushfires rage

ACT facing 'worst fire threat since 2003'

Bushfires raging around Canberra could be the worst in more than 15 years.

Declaring a state of emergency today for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Chief Minister Andrew Barr, said: ‘The ACT is now facing the worst bushfire threat since the devastating fires of 2003.’

He added: ‘The combination of extreme heat, wind and a dry landscape will place suburbs at Canberra’s south at risk in coming days.’

The temperature is forecast to reach more than 40 degrees in the state tomorrow (Saturday).

Firefighters are battling fires in parts of Namadgi National Park but homes are not currently under threat.


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