Published on Thursday, January 30, 2020

Instagrammers warned to stay away from Oz bush fires

Emergency services in Canberra have criticised the behaviour of so-called disaster tourists.

Multiple travellers are disrupting the important work of firefighters in order to get insta-worthy pics of bush fires.

Emergency authorities have taken to social media themselves to warn people of the consequences.

"We know the fire makes for some insta-worthy content. Stopping on the side of the road creates an unnecessary risk to public safety," the Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency tweeted.

"Please do not clog our roads to take your own pictures."

ACT ESA's Commissioner Georgeina Whelan called it 'a disgrace'.

"Taking a great photo for Instagram is not worth your life. It's not worth slowing down the response of my staff and volunteers who are working tirelessly to keep Canberra safe."

The Orroral Valley fire is visible from the city and with high temperatures and low humidity forecast, it could get much worse in the coming days.

Whelan said it may take many days or even weeks to bring it under control.

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