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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for South Coast Highway east of Albany
Tuesday 12 January 2010 – 1:55 PM

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people traveling along the South Coast Highway near Cheyne Beach Road 50km east of Albany.

 

There are no lives or homes threatened by the fire.

 

WHAT TO DO:

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 fire started in Cheyne Road Nature Reserve late this morning, the cause is unknown.

The fire is moving north-west at 500 metres an hour and is yet to be contained. Fire has burnt about 600 ha.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

A total of 70 fire crew from DEC, local volunteer bushfire brigades and private contractors are on the scene. Equipment includes 10 heavy duty trucks, a bulldozer and loader.

 

Two water bombers have been deployed.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

South Coast Highway between Pfieffer Road and Drawbin has been closed. Main Roads has put a detour in place.

 

Cheyne Beach Road is closed

 

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

 

POWER SUPPLY:

The main power line feeding Bremer Bay and surrounds has been shut down as precaution.

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

The Department of Environment and Conservation.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dec.wa.gov.au, www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.

 

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