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Media Release

Bushfire Watch and Act message for Brigadoon
Sunday 3 January 2010 – 11:50 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT message has been issued for people in Brigadoon between Haddrill Road and south east to Weir Road, and north to Boulonnais Drive.

 

This means that if you are in this area 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. A relocation point has been set up at the State Equestrian Centre in Cathedral Avenue, Brigadoon. People can also bring their horses to the Centre. Representatives from the Department for Child Protection are providing assistance at the relocation point.

 

For reasons of safety it is unlikely that those people who have relocated will be able to return to their homes before morning. 

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a north westerly direction. Active pockets of fire are burning in the north western and north eastern sectors. At this time the bushfire is not fully contained or under control.

 

FESA was alerted to the fire at 3.26pm on Sunday 3 January and currently there has been approximately 100 hectares burnt.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Approximately 60 career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters, Bush Fire Service and Department of Environment and Conservation firefighters are on the scene, together with 35 fire appliances, two dozers and a front end loader.  Fire crews and personnel from FESA and WA Police are assisting the City of Swan who are managing the fire.

 

The Type 1 water bombing helicopter, four helitacs and two fixed wing water bombers assisted ground crews and protected homes from mid-afternoon to dusk.

 

Several homes in the area have been saved, but there have been unconfirmed reports of infrastructure lost or damaged such as sheds, patios/verandahs, fencing and reticulation.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been closed, including Campersic Road which is closed at Hardwick and Haddrill Roads. Motorists should avoid the area.

 

People can access the relocation centre on Cathedral Avenue but speed restrictions apply.

 

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

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

The City of Swan 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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Media Contact: Media and Public Affairs, 9225 5955.

 

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