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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Chittering Valley
Sunday 20 December 2009 – 4:15 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the Chittering Valley between Chittering, Chittering Valley and Davies Roads for a fire that has started. The fire is close to the Shire of Chittering and Toodyay borders.

 

There are no lives or homes threatened by the fire. Although there is no immediate danger you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

 

WHAT TO DO:

People living in the area need to be alert and watch for signs of fire.

 

You should:

·      Close all doors and windows

·      Turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible

 

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

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is in very hilly and inaccessible terrain. While the fire is not under control people and properties are not under threat due to very few people living in the area.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Approximately 80 firefighters are on the scene assisting the Shire of Chittering with the fire.  The volunteer bushfire brigade firefighters will work into the night in difficult terrain to get the fire under control.

 

Two helitacs are assisting ground crews.

 

The incident was reported at 1.50pm today.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

No roads are closed but motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully as there is a lot of smoke across roads and firefighters working.

 

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

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

Shire of Chittering is managing the fire.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Call 1300 657 209, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.

 

The next update will be at 6pm, little is expected to change due to the terrain and very few people living in the area.

 

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