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Media Release

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Marchagee Track in the Shire of Dandaragan
Tuesday 29 December 2009 – 5:00 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire emergency warning 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 Watehroo National Park and Pinjarraga Nature Reserve 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.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a easterly direction. It is out of control. The fire is heading towards Watheroo National Park and Pinjarraga Nature Reserve.

 

The wind has changed to a westerly as expected.

 

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

 

FESA was alerted to the fire at 10.55am.

 

More than 4,700 hectares has been burnt out.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

More than 100 Bush Fire Service firefighters from the Shire of Dandaragan and Shire of Coorow and farm units are on the scene. There are 67 firefighting appliances being used (including 42 farm units). Heavy machinery including dozers and loaders are being used to help contain the fire.

 

Three fixed wing water bombers 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.

 

Overnight crews are being organised to replace firefighters who have been working hard throughout the day. Firefighters are expecting the fire to continue burning tomorrow if the weather conditions are as forecasted.

 

No homes have been lost. There unconfirmed reports of several farm sheds being 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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