Presenter Dan Bourchier and his team were evacuated from the studio minutes before the 7pm broadcast, where they gave an impromptu outdoor broadcast.
He signed off saying: ”Hopefully I’ll be back with you tomorrow from the studio, goodnight.”
ABC News Director Gaven Morris praised the team on Twitter, describing them as “true pros”.
True pros! @Dan_Bourchier and the @abcnews Canberra team evacuated from their studio by bushfire smoke setting off alarms minutes before the 7pm broadcast. Instant outside broadcast. Well played team. pic.twitter.com/6Gh9aMeq0h
— Gaven Morris (@gavmorris) December 17, 2019
The impromptu outdoor broadcast received praise online, with one user commenting that “the show must go on!”
— Bill Quinn (@Bill_FJ_Quinn) December 17, 2019
— Jamie Travers (@JamieTravers) December 17, 2019
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 to @abccanberra for just taking the news bulletin out onto the footpath when #CanberraSmoke set off the fire alarms. Spontaneous OB, amidst flies, traffic & smoke! @Dan_Bourchier great work
— Christina Ryan (@HChristinaR) December 17, 2019
I have never seen anything like this!! https://t.co/MnxhpDIf2p
— Elizabeth Redman (@elizabethredman) December 17, 2019
Earlier, social media users shared stills and footage of thick clouds of smoke in Canberra.
— Andrew Messenger (@AndrewMessenge2) December 17, 2019
Smoke has returned to central Canberra and I can already hear building fire alarms going off nearby. pic.twitter.com/PmO3fGnInU
— Adam Spence (@AdamSpenceAU) December 17, 2019
Lake Burley Griff looks smokin’. pic.twitter.com/VLbNl2sgCH
— Kath Sullivan (@KathSully) December 17, 2019
Weather watchers have said “it’s almost guaranteed” all-time heat records will be broken in major cities over the coming days, with Canberra forecast to hit 43C on Saturday — the capital’s hottest ever temperature.