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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Badgingarra to Coorow
Wednesday 30 December 2009 – 4:05 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 also 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:
Firefighters are working to reinforce containment lines and mopping up is in progress.
 
More than 100 Bush Fire Service firefighters from the Shire of Dandaragan and Shire of Coorow, Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and farm units have worked tirelessly to protect lives and property.
 
Emergency services personnel from FESA and DEC are working with fire crews. DEC crews from outside the region will be returning to Jurien Bay at 4.30pm to fly home.
Three fixed wing water bombers remain on standby.
The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed.
 
DAMAGE ASSESSMENT:
A helicopter has begun an aerial assessment of the damage from the fire.
 
No homes have been lost, but damage from the fire is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. Many property owners are away so final figures are difficult to confirm at this stage.
 
• Farm machinery and vehicles, sheds, hay and water troughs have been destroyed.
• Livestock (sheep and cattle) have perished, but the numbers are unconfirmed.
• A significant part of a sandalwood plantation has been burnt.
• More than 100 kilometres of fencing has been burnt. It is estimated to be valued at least $250,000.
• Sheds, a harvester, air seeder, two tractors, 180 rolls of hay and a vintage tractor was destroyed on one property.
• At least 75 per cent of one property near the Marchagee Track was burnt out.
 
Western Power is working to replace power poles to restore power.
 
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 managing the fire. Control of the fire is likely to be handed back to the Shire of Dandaragan at 4.30pm today. The Shire will continue to manage recovery efforts.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.
 
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