The state of alert has been extended as the ACT Emergency Services Agency continue to defend the territory from fires outside its borders.
Under a state of alert, people need to be prepared for fire with a Bushfire Survival Plan. It applies to everyone in the ACT.
Easier weather was giving some breathing space to fire-fighters as they continued trying to contain the fires just beyond the ACT boundary.
The weather is expected to continue easing over the next few days, with some rain expected, thoughACT Emergency Services Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said the amount would not be enough to douse fires.
As of 7am Monday, there were no major bush or grass fires in the ACT itself.
The ACT's fire fighting and surveillance aircraft were grounded because of the poor visibility on Sunday. Its water-bombing helicopter only stopped for a short pause from attacking the Mary's Hill fire but the other three, including two military aircraft deployed to the ACT were grounded for longer.
The fires nearest the ACT had not changed their status radically. The Dunns Road, Mary's Hill and Adaminaby Complex fires were all described as out of control but at "advice" level.
The Mary's Hill fire at Mount Jackson expanded from 120 hectares to 460 hectares over the weekend and had moved a kilometre towards Canberra, but at a slow pace.
The agency was building buffer zones around critical infrastructure, including communication assets, water assets and the trunk road network.
The SIG Heli flew over Mary’s Hill thismorning. It is approx 460 hectares in size.— ACT ESA (@ACT_ESA) January 12, 2020
This fire is 7km west of the ACT border & approximately 39km from the urban interface.
The fire has been water-bombed. ACT crews are assisting NSW on the fire ground.
Aircraft are now grounded. pic.twitter.com/dWvwUI3VOF
"Canberrans will continue to see increased activity in the skies during the next few days with Canberra Airport being a hub for aerial firefighting. Activity will include aircraft re-fuelling, water-bombing and surveillance activities in the region," an ESA statement said.
Community meetings were held at Tharwa Community Hall on Saturday and Uriarra Village Community Centre on Sunday, with 250 people attending, according to the ESA. Some shared their experiences of the 2003 fires.
"It's great to hear that you are heeding our advice," Commissioner Whelan said on Sunday afternoon.
The ESA message is that everybody in Canberra needs a plan for the worst case scenario - which road to use to evacuate, for example. The city doesn't have enough fire trucks so one can be placed on virtually every street.
The Adaminaby Complex Fire was burning 8km south-west of the ACT border, 45km from the territory's suburbs. It has reached 85,354 hectares in size.