Fire breaks out on City Hill
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Fire breaks out on City Hill

A fire that broke out on City Hill, which alarmed residents from nearby buildings and saw a column of smoke rising into the air, has been extinguished quickly by ACT fire services.

ACT Fire and Rescue received a number of calls from the community alerting them to the blaze about 1pm on Monday.

A fire has broken out on City Hill at the centre of Vernon Circle.

A fire has broken out on City Hill at the centre of Vernon Circle.

Two firetrucks, police and park rangers responded to the calls, and were able to extinguish the flames that had engulfed one tree before the fire was able to spread.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency issued a thank you message to callers on social media, reiterating the importance of community cooperation on very high fire danger days like today.

The fire danger rating is expected to stay the same on Tuesday, before being lowered to high on Wednesday.

The hill, at the centre of Vernon Circle, which connects Northbourne Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue and Constitution Avenue, forms one point of the city's Parliamentary Triangle.

The park was planted with pines and cypress trees in the early-1920s by Charles Weston, who oversaw Canberra's early tree plantations.

Jasper is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Cassandra Morgan is a reporter at The Canberra Times. She was previously a breaking news reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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