THE Orroral Valley Fire has ballooned to 14,904 hectares of scorched land in the Namadgi National Park as it ends today (January 29) on a lower “advice” level. A break from the frightening “emergency” conditions of yesterday.
The map is a sobering reminder of the ugly black scab the fire has created and its relationship to Canberra’s south. It remains out of control and the ESA is bracing against extreme and difficult weather conditions as things dangerously heat up towards the weekend with the Weather Bureau forecasting 39C tomorrow, then 42C on Friday and Saturday before a 60 per cent chance of showers and the chance of a thunderstorm, with a top of 35C on Sunday.
After the end of the school holidays, and with 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded in NSW in the past 24 hours, ACT chief health is urging Canberrans to remain vigilant and get tested if they feel unwell.