An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for the Harvey-Dwellingup area. The bushfire that started in State Forest between the Harvey River and Willowdale Road a week ago is now fully contained.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) crews will closely monitor and patrol the area daily for the next fortnight to ensure there are no re-ignitions that could lead to an escape. Surveillance by the DEC’s fire spotting aircraft will continue daily during summer.
WHAT TO DO:
Travellers in the area should not enter the burnt areas as many trees have been weakened by the fire and may fall over the next few months and some areas may have hot ashes for several weeks.
All roads closed as a result of this bushfire are now open.
Please note that the Tallanalla Road between Kevron Road and Tallanalla, which was closed before the fire, still remains closed with a detour along Kent Road.
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
· Munda Biddi Cycle Trail
The section of Munda Biddi Trail between Collie and Dwellingup is closed and in the process of being inspected and, if necessary, rehabilitated.
· Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track will be reopened on Monday 21 December 2009.
The Bibbulmun Track was NOT damaged by the fire but was closed as a precaution during the bushfire between Possum Spring Campsite and the Swamp Oak Campsite.
Up to 30 DEC crews have been busy since Sunday 13 December, trying to secure containment lines.
DEC greatly appreciates the support and assistance of:
· The Bushfire Brigades of Harvey, Waroona, Murray, Busselton, Augusta-Margaret River, Capel, Dardanup, Bunbury, Mandurah, and the Bunbury Fire and Rescue Service;
· The Bunbury and Boddington SES;
· Volunteers from the Collie Bushfire Brigade – including the management of the refilling of the fleet of water bombers at the Collie airstrip;
· Officers and Planners from FESA;
· Police Officers from the WA Police;
· Fire units and staff from Worsley Alumina, Water Corporation;
· Divisional Commanders and incident support staff from the Forest Products Commission;
· Numerous local businesses including catering and accommodation providers;
· Heavy earth moving machinery provided by DEC’s network of experienced and reliable contractors; and
· The Lake Brockman Tourist Park at Logue Brook Dam as the site of the forward operations point.
It is estimated 11,000 hectares were burnt and the fire has a perimeter of 70 kilometres. No homes, sheds or fences along with livestock were lost or damaged. A number of apiary sites were within the fire ground but losses were very small.
It is believed that the fire was deliberately lit and people are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
No further media statements will be issued unless the situation changes.