Media release

Bushfire – Alice Springs

Fire and Rescue

Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service responded to a bushfire in Alice Springs overnight.

Shortly before 9pm, firefighters were called to a large grassfire in the vicinity of Smith Street. More than 10 career and volunteer firefighters worked to control the blaze.

The fire was monitored for several hours, with it spreading south easterly towards the old abattoirs and trucking yards camp.

District Officer Stephen Hunter said “Extensive work by career and volunteer firefighters was undertaken to contain this fire. As a result of the fire, a large pile of tyres was set alight and is still burning this morning. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area if possible.

“In total, NTFRS crews attended 17 incidents around Alice Springs overnight. With the approaching fire season members of the public that are living rural areas are reminded to ensure that they have fire breaks and a bushfire survival plan in place, and to contact triple zero immediately to report any fires.”