ALERT LEVEL:A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the Golden Hills Estate, Ranford and Boddington in the Shire of Boddington. The fire that was burning in bushland north of Newmarket Road is contained and controlled. The bushfire advice remains in place due to a possible change in conditions and the proximity of the fire to Boddington. There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area. Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes. WHAT TO DO: • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.• Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.• Read through your bushfire survival plan.• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.• If you are driving through the area drive slowly and with caution due to emergency services personnel working in site.
ROAD CLOSURES:Greys Road and Sherry Close are now open. Newmarket Road between Reserve Road and South Crossman Road remains closed. Access is restricted to South Crossman Road from Albany Highway. Motorists should avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. For further details contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or the Shire of Boddington. BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:The bushfire was burning five kilometres south east of Boddington, and four kilometres south of Greys Road. The fire is now contained and controlled. WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:More than 100 career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bushfire Servcie and Department of Environment and Conservation firefighters in 54 appliances are currently on the scene. They are being supported by State Emergency Service volunteers, WA Police and St John Ambulance. Crews are consolidating containment lines, extinguishing hot spots and blacking out. Aerial support is being released from the scene. Firefighters saved a number of properties in the area and have protected houses near the intersection of Sherry Close and Mitchell Crescent and at the end of Greys Road. The incident was reported at 12.33pm on Monday 4 February 2013. At a community meeting held at 4pm today residents of Fairway Place were advised they could return home escorted by firefighters. The relocation point is now closed. CAUSE:The cause of the fire is spontaneous combustion out of a large mulch pile. AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:DFES is managing the fire. KEEP UP TO DATE:Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 1300 657 209 or listen to news bulletins. The next update will be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.
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