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Media Release

Bushfire WATCH and ACT message for Lancelin, Ocean Farms, Seaview Park and Bushfire ADVICE for Ledge Point
Tuesday 5 January 2010 – 4:40 AM

ALERT LEVEL:

The Department of Environment and Conservation has issued a Bushfire WATCH AND ACT message for the communities of Lancelin, Ocean Farms and Seaview Park.

 

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for Ledge Point.

 

Although the fire threat has eased, people in this area need to

put their 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.

 

Residents of Ocean Farms are advised to use Ocean Farm

Lane to Indian Ocean Drive.   

 

People should not use Nilgen or KW Road.

 

A relocation centre has been established by the Shire of

Gingin in Guilderton Sports Centre and Community Hall.

 

People 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, that started near Moore River National Park yesterday afternoon following a lightning strike, has been contained but pockets are still burning within containment

lines.

 

Remapping of the fire this morning has shown it has burnt

around 5700 hectares.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Seventy-five personnel from DEC, the Forest Products Commission, FESA, WA Police and volunteer bushfire brigades from Gingin and Dandaragan worked on the fire overnight using nine machines to put in containment lines around the 50 km perimeter of the fire.

 

Crew changeovers will be happening from around 6 o’clock this morning and a pre-formed DEC incident management team will take over coordination of fire operations.

 

Water bombers and the Type 1 helicopter are being used from first light to help crews strengthen containment lines

and respond quickly to any hopovers.

 

Today’s forecast is for temperatures around 40 degrees with easterly winds gusting to 48 km/h. A south-west change is expected later this afternoon.

 

Fire crews will continue mopping up throughout the day.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been 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 Rd.

 

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 the FESA website at; www.fesa.wa.gov.au

or listen to local radio news bulletins.

 

END

 

Media contact:        DEC Media 6467 5555

 

 

 

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