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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Caversham
Tuesday 5 January 2010 – 12:50 AM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the north eastern part of Beechboro and the north western part of Caversham.

 

This includes homes in Beechboro between Altone Road, Marshall Road, Reid Highway and the Bennett Brook and homes in Caversham between Benara Road, Reid Highway, Bennett Street and Lord Street.

 

There are no lives or homes threatened by the fire. Although there is no immediate danger you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

 

WHAT TO DO:

People living in the area need to be alert and watch for signs of fire.

 

You should:

·      Close all doors and windows.

·      Turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.

 

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 has slowed and there is now minimal fire activity.

 

The size of the fire is approximately 16 hectares.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Fire crews will remain working at the fireground throughout the morning.

 

Aerial firefighting operations used yesterday afternoon included the Type 1 water bombing helicopter plus three Helitacs.

 

The State Emergency Service Communications Support Unit and WA Police have also provided assistance to FESA.

 

The incident was reported at 4.13pm on Monday 4 January 2010.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

Previous road closures have been lifted.

Reid Highway has been reopened from Altone Road to Lord Street, West Swan.

 

Motorists are advised to use caution while travelling in the area particularly as there may be smoke in the air.

 

Further clarification on road closures 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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