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Media Release

Severe fire danger advice for parts of Western Australia
Wednesday 2 December 2009 – 7:00 PM

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for Thursday for following regions across Western Australia:


Gascoyne region (inland) – including the shires of Cue, Meekatharra, Menzies, Mount Magnet, Murchison, Sandstone, Upper Gascoyne, Wiluna, Yalgoo and the inland area of the Shire of Carnarvon and Shire of Shark Bay.


Goldfields region – including the shires of Coolgardie and Laverton, the west area of the shires of Dundas, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Menzies and the south west area of the shires of Leonora, Menzies and Wiluna.


Parts of the Kimberley – including the shires of East Kimberley,Halls Creek and inland parts of the Shire of West Kimberley.


Parts of the Pilbara – including the inland part of the shire of Ashburton and the southern part of the Shire of East Pilbara.


Central west coastal subdistrict – including the City of Geraldton/Greenough and Shire of Irwin and coastal parts of the shires of Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Coorow. Dandaragan and Northampton.


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 six kilometres ahead of the main fire.
  • Only very well prepared, well constructed and actively defended homes may offer any degree of safety.


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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