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Media Release

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT message for people in Brigadoon area
Monday 4 January 2010 – 11:15 AM
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT message has been issued for people in Brigadoon in the areas bounded by Caspian Way, Campersic Road, Range Road, Joshua Mews and Weir Road.
 
People can now return home, but remain vigilant for signs of fire.
 
This means that if you are in this area there is a possible threat to lives and homes. You need to keep your bushfire survival plan activated. Be prepared to leave again if the fire activity increases. If you do decide to leave for a safer place, leave while 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 but are likely to wind down their activities shortly.
 
The next community meeting to update residents on the situation will be held at 12.15pm today (Monday) at the Sate Equestrian Centre. This will include representatives from the City of Swan.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
The bushfire is contained, but not under control.
Active pockets of fire are burning in some middle sectors.
 
People can now return home, but remain vigilant for signs of fire.
 
FESA was alerted to the fire at 3.26pm on Sunday 3 January and currently there has been approximately 240 hectares burnt. It started in Millendon in the vicinity of Weir Road and Range Road. The cause is yet to be confirmed.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Approximately 80 personnel are on site. This includes four Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters, 30 Bush Fire Service firefighters from nine brigades and five Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) firefighters. There are 25 machine crew in the area operating dozers, loaders and water tankers.
 
There are two St John’s Ambulance crew, nine police and a 10-member incident management team in the area.
 
Fire crews will be rotating in the next few days and will be extinguishing logs and trees and responding to calls about dangerous trees that may fall on properties and roadways.
 
DAMAGE
No homes have been lost. Many homes and infrastructure have been saved. But sheds, fencing and out buildings have been lost. This includes small buildings and outdoor furniture. There has been scarring damage to some homes, patios and verandas. But the homes themselves have been saved.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
All roads in the area are open to residents only. A speed limit of 40km per hour is in place.
 
 
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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