Barbara Biela decided to leave her Gordon home on Saturday afternoon.
She and her husband, Arvis, arrived at the evacuation centre in Erindale College at about 1pm.
"I was feeling too anxious staying at home," Ms Biela said.
"I've been packed for days and I finally convinced my husband to come here. Somewhere to sit and wait for a while."
Gordon is one of Canberra's southernmost suburbs and could possibly come under an ember attack on Saturday afternoon.
As of 1pm on Saturday, Ms Biela was one of 14 people who the centre had helped. It has supported 78 people since it opened on Tuesday.
At this stage, the evacuation centre is not putting people up for the night, rather they are finding accommodation.
It also serves as a support role for people who need respite, counselling or medical aid.
"The main focus of the centre of at the moment is to get people into other accommodation rather than setting up home here but if it comes to that point and we need to do that support is available here," deputy chief minister Yvette Berry said.
Ms Berry said the centre had capacity for about 1500 people.
Australian Defence Force personnel were on hand to assist staff. About 40 personnel were at the centre on Saturday.
They assisted with bringing in supplies and helping to set up beds, if needed.
The ACT government manages the centre alongside the Community Services Directorate. There are volunteers from Anglicare, Salvation Army, Communities@Work and St Vincent's de Paul.
A few furry friends had also joined with the centre fully equipped to accommodate domestic animals.