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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Chittering Valley
Monday 21 December 2009 – 2:20 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 is burning 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 and the fire is under control.

 

More than 160 hectares of bushland has been burnt.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Assisting the Shire of Chittering are 40 volunteer bushfire service firefighters who will be working throughout the day and night to strengthen containment lines.

 

The type 1 helicopter will be assisting ground crews.

 

The incident was reported at 1.50pm yesterday.

 

Firefighters have saved one home on Davies Road. Some fencing on Davies Road and Chittering Valley Road has been damaged.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

No roads are closed but motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed, turn their headlights on 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 5pm as little is expected to change due to the terrain.

 

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