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Media Release

Bushfire update for Broome
Monday 19 October 2009 – 4:10 PM

FESA advises that bushfires around Broome in Coconut Wells, North Cable Beach and Morrell Park have been extinguished.

People in these areas should still remain vigilant.

Firefighters are currently containing a fire in the Skuthorpe area and are monitoring inaccessible fires in the Roebuck Plains/Crab Creek regions.

Firefighters are continuing to work to ensure the area is made safe.

FESA staff and volunteers and emergency service personnel from the Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service and State Emergency Service are assisting the fire effort.

An air reconnaissance helicopter is also monitoring the fire ground.

The fire was deliberately lit and people are encouraged to report suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on1800 333 000.

There are currently no road closures within the Broome vicinity, however, people travelling outside of this area should contact the local government or Main Roads for road conditions throughout the Kimberley.

If encountering smoke on the road, motorists should:

  • Turn headlights on to make your vehicle more visible.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Keep a close watch for firefighters and emergency service vehicles on the road.
  • Follow any instructions given by emergency services personnel.
  • If you cannot see clearly, turn around and drive to a clear area and pull over to the side of the road.  Keep your headlights and hazard lights on and wait until the smoke clears.

This information is also available by calling 1300 657 209.


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