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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Walpole
Tuesday 15 December 2009 – 3:30 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in the Walpole area for a large bushfire in a remote area of the Walpole Wilderness Area 30 kilometres north of Walpole.

 

No private property is threatened by the fire but 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.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The fire behaviour 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 this afternoon in a bid to make the area safe before more hot weather forecast later this week.

 

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

 

DEC also is completing a prescribed burn that was started four weeks ago in the O’Sullivan forest block18 kilometres east of Northcliffe.

 

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

 

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