Hot, dry conditions in the Australian Capital Territory over the next few days are expected to fan flames of an out-of-control bushfire burning in Canberra’s south.
The Orroral Valley blaze has burned through 10,000 hectares in the Namadgi National Park, tripling in size in the space of just 12 hours yesterday.
Temperatures are forecast to reach 36 degrees today, 39 tomorrow and 42 on Friday and Saturday in the nation’s capital, meaning conditions could worsen.
The building heat will cause very high fire danger ratings in the ACT until Friday and severe fire danger from Saturday, Weatherzone said.
Hot and windy weather spread the fire yesterday, and gusts in the afternoon and evening spread the blaze in a new direction.
At 10.23am it was 2,576 hectares in size and by 10.30pm, it had scorched 8,106 hectares of land, according to the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA).
This morning that figure stood at 10,079 hectares.
A low-pressure trough passing over the ACT on Sunday will drop temperatures by several degrees and possibly cause showers and thunderstorms, according to Weatherzone.
The rain would help conditions, but thunderstorms bring the risk of lightning strikes sparking new fires.
Currently, the fire is at advice level.