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Media Release

Bushfire watch and act message for Success
Tuesday 12 January 2010 – 4:50 PM

 

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT message has been issued for people in or near Hammond Road and Beeliar Drive.

 

The fire is burning in a north easterly direction in the area of Yangebup Road and Hammond Road towards Yangebup Lake. It has jumped Beeliar Drive and a second part of the fire is burning on the eastern perimeter of Beeliar Regional Park.

 

This means that if you are in this area there is a possible threat to live and homes. You need to put your 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. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.

 

If you have decided to stay you should:

·      Close all doors and windows

·      Turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible

·      Activate your bushfire survival plan

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

 

It is out of control and not yet contained.

 

Embers are likely to be blown around your home and spot fires.

 

FESA was alerted to the fire at 4.11pm.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Approximately 50 career Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters from nine brigades are on the scene.

 

Two helitacs are being used to protect crews and homes and extinguish the fire.

 

Personnel from WA Police, Department of Environment and Conservation are working with FESA.

 

The fire was deliberately lit and people are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been closed including Beeliar Drive from Dunraven Drive to Kwinana Freeway. Hammond Road is closed from Beeliar Drive south to Carmel Way near Jandakot Primary School.  Motorists should avoid the area.

 

Further clarification should be sought from WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

FESA is now managing the fire.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

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

 

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