An emergency fire warning has been issued for a fire burning near Canberra Airport.
Emergency services are currently battling a fire approaching Beard, Oaks Estate and West Queanbeyan in the Australian capital city. Residents have been advised to take shelter, as it is now too late to leave the area.
Speaking to Travel Weekly, a spokesperson for Canberra Airport said the airport’s airfield is being used by aviation fire services to facilitate aerial firefighting efforts.
As a result, there are no current departures or arrivals at the airport.
Moreover, video from the Brindabella Business Park, which was reportedly threatened by the Pialligo fire before it merged with the Pallaroo fire and became the Beard fire, shows thick blankets of smoke and winds ripping through trees. The business park is two kilometres from Canberra Airport.
Pretty awful conditions in Canberra. This vision just sent to me by someone at Brindabella Business Park, which is being threatened by the Pialligo fire. pic.twitter.com/I7yfX9a2mA
— Christopher Knaus (@knausc) January 23, 2020
“The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. People in these suburbs are in danger and need to seek immediate shelter as the fire approaches,” the ACT emergency services agency said.
Firefighters are currently on scene to battle the currently out of control blaze, the agency said. However, under current conditions, the fire is difficult to control.
The fire started on Wednesday, but strong winds and high temperatures caused the situation to deteriorate. A total fire ban has now been declared for the Australian Capital Territory.
Water bombers closing in on this fast moving grass fire near Canberra airport. Emergency warning in place for Beard, Oaks Estate and West Queanbeyan. Residents told to seek shelter, it’s now to late to leave. @SkyNewsAust pic.twitter.com/nkE5Wtgt0R
— Eliza Edwards (@ElizaEdNews) January 23, 2020