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Media Release

Extreme Fire Danger Advice for parts of the Pilbara
Saturday 2 January 2010 – 9:15 AM

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast an Extreme Fire Danger Rating for today  for the Town of Port Hedland and  the Shires of East Pilbara and Ashburton (inland).

 

Keep up to date with fire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for an emergency warning before you act. Your safest option for survival is away from the fire. If you see flames call triple zero.

 

Extreme

If a fire starts:

  • It will be unpredictable, difficult to control and move very fast.
  • Embers will be blown around your home causing other fires.
  • Spot fires may start ahead of the main fire.
  • Only very well prepared, well constructed and actively defended homes may offer any degree of safety.

If you live within 100 metres of bushland:

  • It is safest to leave early if a fire starts, that is hours before a fire reaches you. Put your survival first.
  • You should put your bushfire survival plan into action.
  • Only stay and defend your home if it is well prepared, well constructed and you can actively defend it. If you are in doubt about defending your home, leave.

 

To find out how to prepare your property, how to develop a bushfire survival plan and what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or call 9323 9300 during normal office hours.

 

Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.au or call 1900 955 366 (call charges apply).

 

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