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Media Release

Bushfire watch and act message for Regans Ford, Windmill Roadhouse to Mimegarra Road, Lancelin, Ocean Farms and Seaview Park
Tuesday 5 January 2010 – 8:45 PM


The Dept Environment and Conservation (DEC) has issued a bushfire WATCH AND ACT message ued for the area of Regans Ford, Windmill Roadhouse and the areas bounded by Mimegarra Road, Dingo Road, Nammegarra Road, Brand Highway and Orange Springs Road.


Due to forecasted overnight south easterly wind changes a bushfire WATCH AND ACT message has been re-issued for the communities of Lancelin, Ocean Farms and Seaview Park.


Although a containment line was able to be constructed around yesterday’s fire, people in these areas 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.


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.


A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for the communities west of Brand Highway bounded by Nammegarra Road to the south and Mimegarra Road to the north, east of Brand Highway bounded by Yandin Road, Dandaragan Road, Bidgerabbie Road, Rowes Road to the north and Capitela Road to the east and Marri Heights Road to the south.  Although there is no immediate danger people in these areas 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.



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.



Over 100 personnel from DEC, the Forest Products Commission, FESA, WA Police and volunteer bushfire brigades are working to hold the fire within established containment lines.


A pre-formed DEC incident management team has taken over coordination of fire operations.


Water bombers and heavy machinery have been used from first light to help crews strengthen containment lines and respond quickly to any hopovers.


Tomorrow’s forecast is for temperatures around 31 degrees with variable winds moving through the north into the west.


Fire crews will continue patrol and mop up overnight.



A number of roads have been closed and motorists should avoid the area. Closures are:

·    Mimegarra Road from Brand Highway to 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.



DEC is managing the fire.



Visit www.dec.wa.gov.au or www.fesa.wa.gov.au, call 1300 657 209 or listen to local radio news bulletins.




Media contact:        DEC Media 6467 5555





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