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Media Release

Fire danger advice for Goldfields and Eucla
Monday 30 November 2009 – 6:30 PM
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating for tomorrow for Goldfields and Eucla. This includes the Shire of Dundas and the shires of:

• Kalgoorlie- Boulder
• Coolgardie
• Dundas
• Esperance
• Kalgoorlie/Boulder
• Laverton
• Leonora
• Menzies
• Sandstone
• Wiluna
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.
• Flames will be higher than roof tops.
• Thousands of embers will be blown around your home causing other fires.
• Spot fires may start 20 kilometres ahead of the main fire.
• Well prepared, well constructed and actively defended homes are highly unlikely to be safe.
If you live within 100 metres of bushland:
• 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, develop a bushfire survival plan and what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.au


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