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Media Release

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Marchagee Track in the Shire of Dandaragan
Tuesday 29 December 2009 – 3:25 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for people north of Watheroo Road, south of the Marchagee Track, in the Shire of Dandaragan.

 

Homes north of Watheroo Road, south of Marchagee Track, will be impacted by fire. People in this area need to relocate NOW to the Badgingarra Recreational Centre.

 

A wind change is expected soon.

 

This EMERGENCY WARNING means that if you are in this area your best option for survival is away from the fire. Relocating at the last minute is deadly. A relocation point has been set up at Badgingarra Recreational Centre.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a South East direction. It is out of control. The fire is heading towards Watheroo National Park. A wind change is

expected this afternoon.

 

Embers are likely to be blown around your home. Flames are higher than roof tops.

 

FESA was alerted to the fire at 10.55am. More than 4,700 hectares has been burnt out.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

More than 100 Bush Fire Service firefighters from the Shire of Dandaragan and Shire of Coorow and farm units are on the scene. There are 67 fire fighting appliances being used (including 42 farm units). Heavy machinery including dozers and loaders are being used to help contain the fire.

 

Two fixed wing are being used to protect crews and homes.

 

Emergency services personnel from FESA and the Department of Environment and Conservation are working with fire crews.

 

No homes have been lost. There unconfirmed reports of several farm sheds being lost.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

There are no road closures at present. Motorists should avoid the area.

 

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

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

FESA is now managing the fire.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

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

 

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