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Canberra Airport closed due to nearby bushfires

Canberra Airport closed due to nearby bushfires

Canberra Airport has closed due to nearby bushfires, with no flights leaving or arriving as of Thursday afternoon.

A bushfire south of the airport was set to "emergency" level on Thursday.

Residents in the Canberra suburbs of Beard, Oaks Estate as well Queanbeyan's Crestwood have been told to seek shelter.

People in the streets north of Uriarra Road were told to leave immediately for David Campese Oval.

The blaze started on Wednesday but strong winds and high temperatures have seen conditions in Canberra deteriorate.

A second fire near the airport that started on Thursday morning is at "watch and act".

That bushfire is burning off Kallaroo Road in the suburb of Pialligo, close to a separate blaze that started on Wednesday.