MEDIA RELEASE FROM NT POLICE – Bicentennial Road Fire

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MEDIA RELEASE FROM NT POLICE – Bicentennial Road Fire

posted 01-Jul-2019

MEDIA RELEASE FROM NT POLICE – Bicentennial Road Fire

A fire at Bicentennial Road has spread to the back area of the Showgrounds and has come into contact with tyres serving as a wall on the boundary of the site. The prevailing winds are pushing the smoke towards Katherine South. Katherine Fire Brigade, NT Police and Katherine Town Council are working hard to put the fire out as soon as possible.

Residents may be impacted by the smoke from the fire. Smoke may cause amongst other symptoms, a burning feeling in your eyes and throat irritation. Tyres fires create large amounts of thick black smoke and can be difficult to put out. Smoke from a tyre fire contains a number of substances that may cause harm to public health. If you do not need to be in the area, stay away from the fire. If you live or work near the fire, try to avoid the smoke as much as possible. Stay indoors away from the smoke, reduce reverse cycle air-conditioning and reduce physical activity. Keep windows and doors closed.

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) and the Department of Health have been advised of the incident. Northern Territory Police and Katherine Town Council are currently attending to the fire. We ask for the public to avoid this area when possible. Please note the cause of fire is unknown.

Further information in relation to the incident will be released as soon as possible. More information regarding the Territory Day events will be released shortly.

Acting Deputy Paul Faustmann – Katherine Division