In December 2019 ACT declared a number of Total Fire Ban Days.
A State of Alert was declared for the ACT on 2 January 2020, with ACT Emergency Services Commissioner Georgeina Whelan as the Emergency Controller.
MAPS volunteers were called to ESA headquarters to assist.
In January 2020 the fires entered ACT and over the next month fires volunteers were continued to be called.
From 1 October 2019 to 4 February 2020 ACT declared a record 24 Total Fire Ban days, the ACT on average sees 5–6 per bushfire season.
The Orroral Valley fire burned over 86,000 hectares of land, approximately 30% of the ACT
For ACT MAPS provided:
- 101 deployments
- 33 members
- 8 locations
- 111 MAPS volunteer days.
- 1 member deployed 14 times for a total 47 days
- 9 members deployed five or more times
- 7 members deployed for ten or more days
80% of our members deployed over the fire season. Of the remaining 20%, more than half had not yet had the training to undertake the roles.