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Media Release

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT message for Badgingarra to Coorow
Tuesday 29 December 2009 – 9:55 PM
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT message has been issued for people north of Watheroo West Road, either side of the Marchagee Track, in the Shires of Dandaragan and Coorow.
 
This means that if you are in this area there is a possible threat to lives and homes.
 
Homes north of Watheroo West Road, south of Coorow Greenhead Road, west of Watheroo National Park and Pinjarrega Nature Reserve may be impacted by fire.
 
Your best chance for survival is to leave. If the way is clear leave for your safer place or the Badgingarra Recreational Centre now and take your survival kit with you.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
The bushfire has slowed slightly but is still moving steadily in an easterly direction. It is out of control. The fire is heading towards Watheroo National Park and Pinjarrega Nature Reserve.
 
Embers are likely to be blown around your home and flames are higher than roof tops.
 
FESA was alerted to the fire at 10.55am.
 
More than 5,000 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 firefighting appliances being used (including 42 farm units). Heavy machinery including dozers and loaders are being used to help contain the fire.
 
Fixed wing water bombers are based in Jurien overnight  ready for deployment tomorrow.
 
Emergency services personnel from FESA and the Department of Environment and Conservation are working with fire crews.
 
Overnight crews are being organised to replace firefighters who have been working hard throughout the day. Firefighters are expecting the fire to continue burning into tomorrow.
 
No homes have been lost. There have been unconfirmed reports of several farm sheds being lost. At least one farm vehicle has been destroyed.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Marchagee Track (from Brand Highway to Watheroo town)
• Dewar  Road, McKays Road and Coalara Road (from Marchagee track to Watheroo West Road).

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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