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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Badgingarra to Coorow
Wednesday 30 December 2009 – 12:35 PM
 
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people north of Watheroo West Road, either side of the Marchagee Track, in the Shires of Dandaragan and Coorow.
 
Homes north of Watheroo West Road, south of Coorow Greenhead Road, west of Watheroo National Park and Pinjarrega Nature Reserve are also on a bushfire ADVICE.  
 
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 has been now been contained.
FESA was alerted to the fire at 10.55am on Tuesday 29 December. More than 10,500 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 working to reinforce containment lines and mopping up operations are in progress. Crews were changed over early this morning to relieve firefighters who had been working hard throughout yesterday.

Emergency services personnel from FESA and the Department of Environment and Conservation are working with fire crews.
 
A helicopter has been doing an aerial assessment of the damage from the fire. No homes have been lost. There have been unconfirmed reports of several farm sheds being lost. At least one farm vehicle has been destroyed.

Three fixed wing water bombers remain on standby, but the need for them is subject to review.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
A number of roads remain closed including:
• Marchagee Track (from Brand Highway to Watheroo town)
• Dewar  Road, McKays Road and Coalara Road (from Marchagee track to Watheroo West Road).
• The Watheroo West Road (from Brand Highway to Watheroo) is now open

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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