Fire down to ‘advice’, but don’t get too comfortable.

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From the fireground… the Orroral Valley Fire. Photo: ESA

AFTER yesterday’s teetering emergency, the Orroral Valley Fire has been downgraded to an “advice” level bushfire warning.

There is currently no immediate threat to properties in Canberra suburbs.

However, don’t get too comfortable; the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted increasingly challenging fire weather for the weekend, driven by extremely high temperatures and low humidity.

The ACT ESA says there is still active fire at the Orroral Valley Fire and residents in Tharwa Village, Boboyan Road, Apollo Road, and Top Naas Road need to remain vigilant and know what to do if the fire threatens.

Likewise, the agency says people in Banks, Gordon, Conder, Calwell and Theodore should continue to monitor conditions and stay up to date.

The ESA continues to report that the now 10,492-hectare fire remains out of control. There is limited activity on the eastern edge of the fire and an increase in fire activity on the western side. Active fire remains on the northern side of the fireground.

Firefighters, with aerial assistance, are on scene patrolling, preparing for property protection and strengthening containment lines.

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