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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 – 9:20 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

 

South Coastal        

This includes the City of Albany and the 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 Wheatbelt

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

·         Mount Marshall

· ·     Mukinbudin


 

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.

If you live within 100 metres of bushland you should:

  • Put your survival first and leave, it is the best option. It is safest to leave early, that is hours or the day before a fire starts.
  • 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.

 

If you live in or near a forested area you should:

  • Put your survival first and leave, it is the best option. It is safest to leave early, that is hours or the day before a fire starts.
  • Under no circumstances will it be safe to stay and defend your home.
  • It is also a good idea not to invite family or friends to your house on the worst fire danger day.
  • Put your bushfire survival plan into action.

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).

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