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Media Release

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for area near Lloyds Hill in Toodyay
Tuesday 29 December 2009 – 7:35 PM


ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people near Lloyds Hill area,  Dumbarton and Nairn Roads in Toodyay.

 

Homes in Majestica Waters, Lozanda Heights, Vernon Hills, Nottingham Road, Sherwood Road, Folewood Road, Drummondi Drive, Adenanthus Road and Stirlingia Drive have been impacted by the fire. There is no access to the fire zone.

 

Homes in Dumbarton Road, Nairn Road and Wicklow Estate including Wicklow Road, Link Road, Range Road, Whitfield Road, Boyagerring Road and Dawson Road are under threat. 

 

This EMERGENCY WARNING means that if you are in this area your best option for survival is away from the fire. If the way is clear leave for your safer place now and take your survival kit with you. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.

 

RELOCATION ROUTES:
If you live in the Lloyds Hill area leave via Sandplain Road on to Toodyay Road then Lovers Lane into the Toodyay townsite.

 

If you live near Nairn Road or the intersection of Dumbarton Road and Northam-Toodyay Road leave via the Northam-Toodyay Road towards Northam.

 

If you live in or near Wicklow Estate leave via Goomalling-Toodyay Road and go to Toodyay townsite.

 

RELOCATION POINTS:
Relocation points have been set up at:
• Toodyay Town Hall on Stirling Terrace
• Northam Recreation Centre on Peel Terrace in Northam
If you have animals you can relocate to the Toodyay Sports Oval off Telegraph Street and Toodyay Street.

 

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT message has been issued for people in the remaining areas of Toodyay including Wicklow Estate.

 

This means there is a possible threat to lives and homes. You need to put your bushfire survival plan into action. If you have decided to leave for a safer place, leave now if the way is clear and take your bushfire survival kit with you. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
The bushfire has slowed considerably to one kilometre per hour and is moving in an east north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable, but less volatile.

 

The location of the fire boundary is south of the Northam-Toodyay Road (between Toodyay Road and Dumbarton Road) and west of the Northam-Toodyay Road (between Dumbarton Road and Nanamoulin Crossing).

 

Embers are likely to be blown around your home and spot fires are starting up to one kilometre ahead of the fire. Flames are one to two metres high.

FESA was alerted to the fire at 12.59pm and currently there has been more than 1500 hectares burnt.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
More than 200 volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.

Four helitacs are being used to protect crews and homes.

 

Emergency services personnel from WA Police, Department of Environment and Conservation, the Shire of Toodyay and Western Power are working with FESA.

 

Firefighters have saved homes in the area but some homes have been lost. Powerlines and fences are down.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:
A number of roads have been closed including

• Sandplain Road from Toodyay Road to Folewood Road
• Folewood Road from River Road to the Shire Office
• Goomalling Toodyay Road near Toodyay Road Woodindale Road
• Northam Toodyay Road at Katrine Road intersection
• Dumbarton Road at Nairn Road

Motorists should avoid the area. Further clarification should be sought from WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

 

POWER:
Western Power has advised that parts of Toodyay are without power. This includes:
• Red Hill Road
• Roads in Wicklow Estate
• Majestica Waters
• Vernon Hills along to Gingaling Brook
• Folewood Road
• Rivers Road

 

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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