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Media Release

Bushfire Emergency Warning for Lancelin and surrounds
Monday 4 January 2010 – 11:55 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for

people in LANCELIN, OCEAN FARM, SEAVIEW PARK and

LEDGE POINT.

 

Homes in these areas may be impacted by fire before

7 o’clock in the morning of Tuesday 5 January.

 

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.

 

Residents of Ocean Farms are advised to use Ocean Farm

Lane to Indian Ocean Drive.   

 

People should not use Nilgen or KW Road.

 

People living in the area need to be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site and take their advice.

 

A relocation emergency centre is being established within Lancelin sports centre and will be operational from early morning Tuesday 5 January.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is currently moving at about 1 km/h across open paddocks and banksia woodlands.

 

It is being driven by east-south-east winds.

 

Stronger easterly winds in the early morning will increase

the fire’s rate of spread.

 

Embers are likely to be blown around homes and spot fires

may start ahead of the main fire.

 

The fire has burnt through approximately 2000 hectares

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

More than 50 personnel from the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Forest Products Commission and volunteer bushfire brigades from the shires of Gingin and Dandaragan are on the scene. They are being supported

by a number of bulldozers and front-end loaders.

 

Emergency services personnel from WA Police and FESA also are working with DEC.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been or are in the process of being

closed and motorists should avoid the area.

 

Closures are:

·    Mimegarra Road from Dingo Road to Cowalla Road

·    Orange Springs Road from Brand Highway

·    Sappers Road from KW Road to Cowalla Road

·    Nilgen Road from Dingo Road to KW Road

·    Cowalla Road from Orange Springs Road to

    Sappers Road.

 

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

 

Roads only will be reopened once they are declared safe for traffic.

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

DEC is managing the fire.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Call 1300 657 209

visit the DEC website at www.dec.wa.gov.au

or FESA website at www.fesa.wa.gov.au

or listen to local radio news bulletins.

 

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