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Media Release

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Marchagee Track near Boothendarra in Shire of Dandaragan
Tuesday 29 December 2009 – 1:30 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for people west of McKays Road near the Marchagee Track on the border of the Shire of Dandaragan and Coorow.

 

Homes north of Watheroo Road from the Brand Highway to Coloara Road will be impacted by fire. People in this area need to relocate NOW to the Badgingarra Recreational Centre.

 

This EMERGENCY WARNING means that if you are in this area your best option for survival is away from the fire. Relocating at the last minute is deadly. A relocation point has been set up at Badgingarra Recreational Centre.

 

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people west of Watheroo National Park.

 

This means that if you are in this area you need to be alert and watch for signs of fire.

 

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

 

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 is moving fast in a South East direction. It is out of control.

 

Embers are likely to be blown around your home. Flames are higher than roof tops.

 

FESA was alerted to the fire at 10.55am.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

More than 100 volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters and farm units are on the scene.

 

Two fixed wing are being used to protect crews and homes.

 

Emergency services personnel from FESA and the Department of Environment and Conservation are working with fire crews.

 

No homes have been lost.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

There are no road closures at present. Motorists should avoid the area.

 

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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