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Media Release

Severe fire danger advice for Gascoyne (inland) and the Goldfields on Tuesday 16 February
Monday 15 February 2010 – 4:30 PM

 

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for Tuesday 16 February 2010 for the Goldfields and inland parts of the Gascoyne.

 

This includes the:

·         Shire of  Carnarvon – inland part

·         Shire of  Cue

·         Shire of  Meekatharra

·         Shire of  Menzies

·         Shire of  Mount Magnet

·         Shire of  Murchison

·         Shire of  Sandstone

·         Shire of  Shark Bay – inland part

·         Shire of  Upper Gascoyne

·         Shire of  Wiluna

·         Shire of  Yalgoo

·         City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder local government area – western part

·         Shire of Coolgardie

·         Shire of  Dundas – western part

·         Shire of Laverton – south west corner

·         Shire of Leonora

 

 

Keep up to date with fire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for an emergency warning before you act. Your safest option for survival is away from the fire. If you see flames call triple zero.

 

 

If a fire starts:

  • It will be unpredictable, difficult to control and move very fast.
  • Embers will be blown around your home causing other fires.
  • Spot fires may start ahead of the main fire.

 

If you live near bush with high fuel loads then your bushfire risk is increased:

  • It is safest to leave early if a fire starts, that is hours before a fire reaches you, put your survival first.
  • 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.

 

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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