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Media Release

Bushfire All Clear for Lloyds Hill area, Wicklow Estate, Dumbarton and Nairn Roads in Toodyay
Thursday 31 December 2009 – 10:30 AM

ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people near the Lloyds Hill area, Wicklow Estate, Dumbarton and Nairn Roads in Toodyay. This includes homes in Majestica Waters, Lozanda Heights, Vernon Hills, Nottingham Road, Sherwood Road, Folewood Road, Drummondi Drive, Adenanthus Road and Stirlingia Drive

 

The bushfire that threatened homes is now being held within containment lines but is not under control with small sections still burning. People should remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Crews are working to strengthen containment lines to stop the fire escaping. They have also started mopping up and will monitor the area for the rest of the day.

 

WHAT TO DO:

It is now safe for people to return home. If your home has been badly damaged and you need a place to stay seek help from welfare agencies. Encourage your family to talk about their experiences with friends and neighbours. Become involved in community activities as soon as you can.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

The following roads are now open to residents but remain closed to the general public. Police road blocks will remain in place.

  • Toodyay Road from North Toodyay Road to Lovers Lane
  • Sandplain Road from Toodyay Road to Folewood Road
  • Folewood Road from River Road to the Shire Office
  • Dumbarton Road at Nairn Road

 

Roads into Toodyay now open to the public are:

  • Toodyay-Northam Road – 60 kilometres per hour speed limit
  • Lovers Lane from River Road to Toodyay Road
  • Toodyay-Goomalling Road
  • Toodyay-Bolgart Road

When returning home, motorists in the area should take extreme caution as there may still be smoke across some roads and fire and other emergency services personnel who are continuing their work. Other things to be aware of are wandering livestock, loose gravel and debris on roads, fallen trees and branches.

 

For information on road conditions contact Main Roads on 138 138.

 

INCIDENT INFORMATION:

The location of the fire boundary is still 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).

 

More than 200 career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and volunteer Bush Fire Brigade crews have been busy since Tuesday afternoon protecting lives and homes. They have been supported by State Emergency Service volunteers and four helitacs operating from the air.

 

It is estimated more than 2900 hectares were burnt. Firefighters have saved hundreds of homes and lives. Thirty eight homes were lost as well as other infrastructure such as sheds, fences and powerlines, along with livestock.

 

Personnel from the Shire of Toodyay, Department of Environment and Conservation, WA Police, the Department of Child Protection, Salvation Army, Water Corporation, Energy Safety, Telstra and Western Power have and are continuing to work closely with FESA.

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

FESA is 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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