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Media Release

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for area near Lloyds Hill in Toodyay
Tuesday 29 December 2009 – 3:30 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for people near the Lloyds Hill area of Toodyay.

 

Homes in Majestica Waters, Lozanda Heights, Vernon Hills, Nottingham Road, Sherwood Road, Folewood Road, Drummondi Drive, Adenanthus Road and Stirlingia Drive will be impacted by the fire.

 

This EMERGENCY WARNING means that if you are in this area your best option for survival is away from the fire. If the way is clear leave for your safer place now and take your survival kit with you. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.

 

If you are leaving for a safer place go via Sandplain Road on to Toodyay Road and into the Toodyay townsite.

 

A relocation point has been set up at the Shire of Northam recreation centre off Peel Terrace in Northam.  

 

A bushfire watch and act message has been issued for people in the remaining areas of Toodyay.

 

This means there is a possible threat to lives and homes. You need to put your bushfire survival plan into action. If you have decided to leave for a safer place, leave now if the way is clear and take your bushfire survival kit with you. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly direction towards the southern edge of the Toodyay townsite at six to ten kilometres per hour. It is out of control, unpredictable and fast moving.

 

Embers are likely to be blown around your home and spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.

 

Flames are one to two metres high.

 

FESA was alerted to the fire at 12.59 and currently there has been more than 150 hectares burnt.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

 

Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters from are on the scene.

 

Four helitacs are being used to protect crews and homes.

 

Emergency services personnel from WA Police and Western Power are working with the Shire of Toodyay and FESA.

 

Firefighters have saved more than seven homes in the area.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

 

A number of roads have been closed including:

 

  • Sandplain Road from Toodyay Road to Folewood Road
  • Folewood Road from River Road to the Shire Office.
  • Racecourse Road at Toodyay Road

Motorists should avoid the area.

 

Further clarification should be sought from WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

Shire of Toodyay 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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