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Media Release

Bushfire watch and act message for Success
Tuesday 12 January 2010 – 5:45 PM

 

ALERT LEVEL:

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

 

The fire is located in Beeliar Regional Park in the vicinity of Hammond Road and Branch Circus. It is burning in a north easterly direction towards Beeliar Drive.

 

This means that if you are in this area there is a possible threat to lives and homes.

 

Although no homes have been affected to date 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:

 

The fire is contained but  not under control.

 

People should stay away from the area.

 

Embers are likely to be blown around your home.

 

There will be smoke in the area throughout the night.

 

Power has been shut down in the area around Branch Circus and Wonnil Close due to a burnt power pole and could be off well into the night.

 

An easterly wind forecast later tonight is likely to take the fire further into Beeliar Regional Park.

 

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.

 

Three 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 between Hammond Road and Poletti Road (Cockburn Central). Hammond Road is closed from Beeliar Drive to Hird Road (Success).  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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