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Media Release

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Caversham and Beechboro
Monday 4 January 2010 – 4:55 PM
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in the north eastern part of Beechboro and the north western part of Caversham.
Homes in Beechboro between Alttone Road, Marshall Road, Reid Highway and the Bennett Brook and homes in Caversham between Benara Road, Reid Highway, Bennett Street and Lord Street will be impacted by fire.
This EMERGENCY WARNING means that if you are in this area your best option for survival is away from the fire. If the way is clear leave for your safer place now and take your survival kit with you. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.
If you are actively defending your house you need to dress appropriately and do not defend your house from the roof as it may become slippery and you may fall.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
The bushfire is moving fast in a north west direction towards Reid Highway at and is out of control.
Embers are likely to be blown around your home and spot fires are starting.
FESA was alerted to the fire at 4.13pm.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters from a number of stations are on the scene.
Four helitacs are being used to protect crews and homes.
Emergency services personnel from WA Police are working with FESA.
ROAD CLOSURES:
A number of roads have been closed including:
Reid Highway between Altone Road and Lord Street
Bennett Street at Benara Road intersection
Lord Street at Benara Road intersection
Altone Road between Benara Road and Reid Highway
Motorists should avoid the area. There are many bystanders watching the fire in the area and they may become a problem for firefighters trying to work.
Further clarification should be sought from WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.
AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:
FESA 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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