Australia’s Bushfires Force Canberra Airport to Close

January 22, 2020Australia
Australia’s Bushfires Force Canberra Airport to Close
Fire crews work to contain a fire at the industrial suburb of Beard in Canberra, Australia, on Jan. 23, 2020. (Rohan Thomson/Getty Images)

Canberra Airport has closed due to nearby bushfires, with no flights leaving or arriving as of Thursday afternoon.

A bushfire south of the airport was set to “emergency” level on Thursday during another heat wave.

Residents in the Canberra suburbs of Beard, Oaks Estate as well Queanbeyan’s Crestwood have been told to seek shelter.

People in the streets north of Uriarra Road were told to leave immediately for David Campese Oval.

The blaze started on Wednesday but strong winds and high temperatures have seen conditions in Canberra deteriorate.

A second fire near the airport that started on Thursday morning is at “watch and act.”

That bushfire is burning off Kallaroo Road in the suburb of Pialligo, close to a separate blaze that started on Wednesday.

Nearby residents were told to get their bushfire plans ready as authorities warned conditions could get worse.

Firefighters were also responding to a burning trees in the southern Canberra suburb of Monash.

ACT emergency services have issued a total fire ban.

A large fire near Adaminaby, south of the ACT, is at “emergency” level while the Clyde Mountain fire on the NSW south coast has been upgraded to “watch and act.”

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