Plane accidentally drenches city in retardant

ACT Fire and Rescue said the aircraft hit turbulence at about 3.30pm, causing it to lose the thousands of litres of retardant. The plane had been on its way to fight the Orroral Valley Fire, which is currently burning at advice level.

The non-toxic substance fell over Parkes Way, Rond Terrace and Anzac Parade with firefighters and the Environmental Protection Authority quickly moving in to clean up the mess. The pink dust also fell in Rond Pond.

The retardant was dropped across Canberra. Picture: ACT ESASource:Twitter

Car owners have been advised to wash their vehicles with water to easily get rid of the dust.

The retardant is non-toxic and there is no immediate risk to the health and safety of people or property.

If irritation occurs seek medical advice at your GP or walk-in centre.

The Orroral Valley Fire continues to burn at advice level with locals warned to remain vigilant.

The fire is burning out of control and is more than 80,000 hectares in size.

“Fire activity remains erratic on some parts of the fireground,” ACT’s Fire and Rescue warned at 4pm today.

“Firefighters are monitoring critical infrastructure including Mt. Tennant Tower, cultural assets in Orroral Valley and the solar farm on the ACT side of the Monaro Highway.

“Specialised teams continue to assess all roads and road closures as a priority, to re-open once deemed safe.”

There are also unconfirmed reports five structures were lost in a Bega Valley fire over the weekend when the out-of-control Clear Range blaze — created from embers that spread from the ACT’s large Orroral Valley fire — flared up on Saturday night.


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