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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for communities west of Brand Highway, Ledge Point, Lancelin, Ocean Farms and Seaview Park
Wednesday 6 January 2010 – 8:25 AM

ALERT LEVEL:

 

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for the communities west of Brand Highway bounded by Beermullah Road West to the south and Mimegarra Road to the north and the coast. 

 

A bushfire ADVICE also has been issued for the communities of Lancelin, Ocean Farms, Seaview Park and Ledge Point.

 

Although there is no immediate danger people in these areas need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.  Road closures remain in place.

 

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 some smoke will still be visible.

 

Remapping of the fire this morning has shown it has burnt around 4300ha.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Over 143 personnel from DEC, the Forest Products Commission, FESA, WA Police and volunteer bushfire brigades are continuing patrol mop up and consolidation of containment lines.

 

Today’s forecast is for temperatures over 31 degrees with fresh winds moving from the north-west to the south-west during the day.

 

Fire crews will continue patrol and mop up overnight.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

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.

 

Brand Highway has not been closed or impacted by the fire.

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

DEC is managing the fire.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

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

 

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Media contact:        DEC Media 6467 5555

 

 

 

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