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.
Since this morning people have been allowed to return home, but you need to remain vigilant for signs of fire. There have been some flair ups reported.
This means that if you are in this area there is still 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.
The bushfire is contained, but not under control. Active pockets of fire are burning around Boulonnais Drive.
FESA was alerted to the fire at 3.26pm on Sunday 3 January .
Following new aerial intelligence the initial area affected by the fire has been revised down to 180 hectares. 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 35 Bush Fire Service firefighters,16 career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters, four Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and 15 Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) firefighters.
There are machine crews in the area operating dozers, loaders and water tankers.
There are two St John’s Ambulance crew and a 10 member incident management team in the area.
Fire crews will be working in the area for the next few days extinguishing logs and trees. They will also be responding to calls about dangerous trees that may fall on properties and roadways.
No homes have been lost but sheds, fencing and out buildings have been damaged. Firefighters have saved homes and infrastructure including small buildings and outdoor furniture. There has been scarring damage to some homes, patios and verandas.
A community meeting will be held on Friday evening at 6pm at the State Equestrian Centre to further update residents on the situation. This will include representatives from the City of Swan.
Residents are urged not to ride horses, bikes or go walking in the area for their own safety due to the fire zone and the movement of crews working on site.
Residents with questions on recovery issues can direct their calls to the City of Swan call centre on 9267 9267.
Some landlines have been lost in the area. Telstra has set up a relief phone for all residents to use and report their telephone issues. This phone is located at the East Swan Fire Station on Cathedral Avenue, Brigadoon. The phone can be accessed during the night and tomorrow.
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.
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.
This is likely to be the last update for tonight unless there is a major change.
Media Contact: Media and Public Affairs, 9225 5955.