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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Harvey/Dwellingup
Monday 14 December 2009 – 2:00 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Harvey and Dwellingup and adjacent areas for a large bushfire that has started in State Forest between the Harvey River and Tallanalla Road. Approximately 1500ha has been burnt.

 

It is anticipated that there will be no property threatened by the fire. The nearest private property is 15 kilometres to the west. The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) will release further advice as the situation changes.

 

WHAT TO DO:

People living or travelling in the area need to be alert and need to be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site and take their advice.

 

Smoke will impact on the metropolitan area, Perth Hills, Swan Coastal Plain and areas to the east of Dwellingup and Collie today, overnight and tomorrow morning.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The fire is moving north-easterly at up to 0.2km an hour.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Sixty personnel from DEC, local volunteer bushfire brigades from the shires of Harvey and Collie Shires, Worsley Alumina, the Forest Products Commission, FESA and local contractors are involved in suppression.

 

Water bombers and heavy earth moving machines are assisting ground crews.

 

The incident was reported yesterday morning. It is believed to have started from an unauthorised campfire.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been closed (see below) and motorists should avoid the area.

·      Harvey-Quindanning Road from the Honeymoon Road Harvey-Quindanning Road junction, to the Boundary Road Harvey-Quindanning Road junction.

·      Tallanalla Road north of Harvey-Quindanning Road.

 

Further clarification should be sought from WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

DEC is managing the fire.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Call 1300 657 209 visit www.dec.wa.gov.au and www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to local radio news bulletins.

 

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