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Media Release

Controlled burning in Dampier Peninsular starts today
Wednesday 22 June 2011 – 12:00 PM

Controlled burning in the Dampier Peninsular started at noon today between Beagle Bay and One Arm Point along Cape Leveque Road.
Burning will continue for the next seven days to reduce the impact of bushfires this season.
FESA Area Manager Lee Vallance said controlled burning was really important as it would reduce the impact of late season bushfires on local communities and homelands.
“We are being assisted by Beagle Bay, One Arm Point and Lombadina-Djarindjin community members along with the Bawdi-Jawi Rangers.
“As the burning is occurring along Cape Leveque Road and major roads to homelands, people need to be cautious if they come across smoke and small fires,” Mr Vallance said.
“These controlled fires produce what is known as a cool burn which reduces the amount of vegetation on the ground and minimises damage to the foliage on trees.
“By doing this burning we can be better prepared for and prevent the damage of bushfires.”
Drivers need to slow down and take extra care, if the smoke is too thick to see, pull over and put your hazard lights on until it clears.
Mr Vallance said while controlled burning was taking place people did not need to ring triple zero (000) unless they believed property was under threat. 
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