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Media Release

Catastrophic fire danger advice for South Coastal, South East Coastal, Great Southern, Central Wheat belt and parts of the Central West
Tuesday 5 January 2010 – 6:30 PM

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating for Wednesday 6 January for the South Coastal, South East Coastal, Great Southern, Central Wheat belt and parts of the Central West.


Central West (inland)        

This includes the Shires of:

·         Carnamah

·         Chapman Valley

·         Coorow

·         Dandaragan

·         Northampton

·         Mingenew

·         Moora

·         Morawa

·         Mullewa

·         Perenjori

·         Three Springs

·         Victoria Plains

  •  Toodyay
  • Waroona


South Coastal        

This includes the City of Albany and shires of:

·         Denmark

·         Gnowangerup

·         Plantagenet

·         Jerramungup


South East Coastal           

This includes the shires of:

·         Esperance

·         Lake Grace

·         Ravensthorpe


Great Southern

This includes the Town of Narrogin and the Shires of:

  • Boddington
  • Brookton
  • Cuballing
  • Narrogin
  • Pingelly
  • Wandering
  • Wickepin
  • Broomehill
  • Cranbrook
  • Katanning
  • Kojonup
  • Wagin
  • West Arthur
  • Woodanilling
  • Dumbleyung
  • Williams
  • Corrigin
  • Kondinin
  • Kulin
  • Lake Grace
  • Kent



Central Wheat belt

This includes the Shires of:

·         Beverley

·         Cunderdin

·         Dowerin

·         Goomalling

·         Northam

·         Quairading

·         Tammin

·         Wyalkatchem

·         York

·         Bruce Rock

·         Kellerberrin

·         Merredin

·         Narembeen

·         Nugarin

·         Trayning

·         Dalwallinu

·         Koorda

·         Wongan-Ballidu

·         Westonia

·         Yilgarn



If a fire starts:

  • It will be unpredictable, difficult to control and move very fast.
  • Flames will be higher than roof tops.
  • Thousands of embers will be blown around your home causing other fires.
  • Spot fires may start 20 kilometres ahead of the main fire.
  • Well prepared, well constructed and actively defended homes are highly unlikely to be safe.
  • If you live near a forested area under no circumstances will it be safe to stay and defend your home.
  • Put your bushfire survival plan into action.
  • Only stay and defend your home if it is well prepared, well constructed and you can actively defend it. If you are in doubt about defending your home, leave.

To find out how to prepare your property, how to develop a bushfire survival plan and what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or call 9323 9300 during normal office hours.

Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.au or call 1900 955 366 (call charges apply).



Media Contact: Media and Public Affairs, 9225 5955.


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