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Media Release

Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Caversham
Tuesday 5 January 2010 – 11:20 AM
ALERT LEVEL:
An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in the north eastern part of Beechboro and the north western part of Caversham.
 
The bushfire that threatened homes is now under control. People should remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
 
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.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
The fire is under control and is isolated to Bennett Brook Wetlands.
 
Crews are currently mopping up and will monitor the area for the rest of the day.

WHAT TO DO:
It is safe for people to return home.
 
People with rain water tanks may need to flush downpipes, gutters and collection pipes if they have experienced embers and ash fall around their home. 
 
Do not drink or cook with water from your water tank if it may be contaminated.
 
For advice on using rainwater after a bushfire visit www.public.health.wa.gov.au (enter ‘rainwater and bushfire’ in the search box).
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
All roads are now open.
 
Motorists in the area should take extreme caution as there may still be smoke across some roads and fire and other emergency services personnel who are continuing their work.
 
For information on road conditions contact Main Roads on 138 138.

INCIDENT INFORMATION:
Today a total of eight firefighters made up of career Fire and Rescue Service crews and crews from the Whiteman Park brigade are still at the scene.
 
Firefighters have worked hard to get the fire under control and no homes have been lost.
 
It is estimated 16 hectares were burnt. There was minor damage to a foot bridge at Bennett Brook.
 
The fire appears to have been deliberately lit and people are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 
No further media statements will be issued.
 
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