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Media Release

Smoke a hazard to motorists between Broome and Derby
Wednesday 21 October 2009 – 9:40 AM

FESA is urging motorists to be extremely careful while travelling through smoke affected areas in the west Kimberly, particularly 70 to 80 kilometres east of Broome on Great Northern Highway.

Regional Director Rob Cox said a number of fires were still burning between Broome and Derby on Great Northern Highway.

“The fires causing a lot of smoke are located approximately 70 - 80 kilometres east of Broome,” Mr Cox said.

“The smoke is expected to clear by 5pm this evening when the fire moves away from Great Northern Highway.”

FESA, Main Roads and WA Police advise that at this stage Great Northern Highway is not closed, however motorists need to be aware of the smoke hazard, remain vigilant and drive carefully.

Broome Shire has placed “Beware of Smoke” signage on Great Northern Highway and Broome Highway.

If encountering smoke on the road motorists should:

- Turn headlights on to make your vehicle more visible to others.

- Do not drive through heavy smoke or fire close to the road.

- Keep a close watch for firefighters and emergency service vehicles on the road.

- Always follow any directions given by emergency service personnel.

- If you cannot see clearly, turn around and drive to a clear area. Pull over to the side of the road, keep vehicle headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.

In an emergency call 000 to report a fire.

To report any suspicious behaviour call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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