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State Of Emergency Declared For ACT As Bushfires Rage

A state of emergency has been declared in the ACT as Canberra faces its biggest bushfire threat for more than 15 years.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr made the announcement on Friday, with an 18,500-hectare fire in the Namadgi National Park set to threaten homes in the capital's south over the weekend.

"The ACT is now facing the worst bushfire threat since the devastating fires of 2003," he told reporters.

Monitor local emergency services for up to date fire information: www.esa.act.gov.au and www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

The potential spread of the Orroral Valley Fire from Friday 31 January - Sunday 2 February 2020 for the ACT only.

"The combination of extreme heat, wind and a dry landscape will place suburbs at Canberra's south at risk in coming days."

The out-of-control fire is at "watch and act" level but its activity is expected to increase during the afternoon as conditions deteriorate.

The bushfire has burnt eight per cent of the ACT.

Firefighters at an electrical substation near West Queanbeyan, 10km west of Canberra, Thursday, January 23, 2020. Image: AAP
Smoke rising from the Namadgi National Park fire burning south of Canberra. Image: AAP
NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) prediction for Jan 31-Feb 2. Image: ESA

A worker tries to put out a bushfire behind a row of factories near West Queanbeyan, 10km west of Canberra, Thursday, January 23, 2020. Image: AAP