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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Harvey/Dwellingup
Tuesday 15 December 2009 – 8:45 AM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the Harvey/Dwellingup and adjacent areas for a large bushfire that has started in State Forest between the Harvey River and Tallanalla Road. Approximately 4500hectares have been burnt.

 

No private property is threatened by the fire. The nearest private property is 5ilometres to the north east of a spot fire which has been contained. 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 aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site and take their advice.

 

Smoke has impacted on the metropolitan area, Perth Hills, Swan Coastal Plain and areas to the east of Dwellingup and Collie.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire behaviour has been erratic due to heavy fuel loads that are causing embers and spot fires over containment lines. The western and southern flanks have been contained and work is continuing today on the northern and north eastern flanks.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

One hundred 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 today.

 

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

 

The fire was reported on Sunday morning. The cause is considered ‘suspicious’.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been closed and motorists should avoid the area.

Closures include:

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

·      Nanga Road/Collie-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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