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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Badgingarra to Coorow
Wednesday 30 December 2009 – 5:20 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.
 
This will be the last advice update for tonight unless the situation changes.
 
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:
Up to 30 Bush Fire Service firefighters from the Shire of Dandaragan and Shire of Coorow and local farmers are patrolling the fire. Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) crews have been released from the fire.
 
Three fixed wing water bombers have been released to return to Perth.
 
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 two 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:
All roads are now open.
 
AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:
The Shire of Dandaragan is now managing the fire. 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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