Heatwave fans Australia's bushfires

The ACT has entered a state of emergency ahead of a dangerous weekend for fires.

Firefighters are predicting the 18,500 hectare blaze south of Canberra will creep closer to the city as temperatures spike and winds increase today.

ACT Emergency Services Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said hot and windy conditions plus a potential thunderstorm are expected over the weekend, and they are expected to mean the Orroral Valley fire flares up again.

"If wind conditions prove to be challenging, we could see suburbs such as Conder, Banks and Gordon come under attack from ember attacks on Saturday afternoon," Ms Whelan said.

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