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.
"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.