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Media Release

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT message for Moore River National Park near Beermullah and Cowalla
Monday 4 January 2010 – 5:30 PM
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT message has been issued for people along Orange Springs Road north of Moore River National Park near Beermullah and Cowalla.
 
This means that if you are in this area 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.
 
People living in the area need to be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site and take their advice.
 
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
The bushfire is burning in banksia woodland and moving north-easterly at 500 metres an hour.
 
The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) was alerted to the fire at around 3.45 this afternoon and so far it has burnt through 300 hectares.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
DEC fire crews and Shire of Gingin volunteer bushfire brigades are working on the fire. They are being supported by three fixed-wing water bombers and a Type 1 helicopter.
Emergency services personnel from (WA Police and FESA are working with DEC.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
Orange Springs Road between Brand Highway and Cowalla Road has been closed.
 
AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:
DEC is managing the fire.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au, www.dec.wa.gov.au or listen to local radio news bulletins.
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