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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 – 6:10 AM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT message has been issued for the communities of Lancelin, Ocean Farms and Seaview Park.

 

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.

 

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for Ledge Point.

 

Although there is no immediate danger people in Ledge Point need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

 

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 are under way and a pre-formed DEC incident management team is taking over coordination of fire operations.

 

Water bombers and the Type 1 helicopter have been 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 Road.

 

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.

 

END

 

Media contact:  DEC Media 6467 5555

 

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