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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Walpole
Tuesday 15 December 2009 – 9:05 AM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the Walpole area for a large bushfire that has started in a remote area of the Walpole Wilderness Area 30 kilometres north of Walpole.

 

No private property is threatened by the fire but 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 be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site and take their advice.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The fire behaviour fire has been erratic due to heavy fuel loads.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Forty five personnel from DEC are involved in suppression operations.

 

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

 

DEC has put in containment lines and will conduct a controlled burn in the area later today in a bid to make the area safe before more hot weather expected later this week.

 

The bushfire was reported on Sunday morning. It started as a result of an escape from a prescribed burn that started two weeks ago.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been closed including:

·         Bevan, Durham, Roe Western, Mitchell and Rocky Roads.

 

Motorists should avoid the area. 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 or visit www.dec.wa.gov.au and www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to local radio news bulletins.

 

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