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Media Release

Bushfire update: Not safe to return home
Sunday 12 January 2014 – 10:00 PM

It is still not safe for people in Chidlow, Mount Helena, Mundaring, Parkerville and Stoneville in the Shire of Mundaring who have left their homes to return due to the bushfire.

The bushfire is contained but not controlled. This means that conditions in the area remain very dangerous including active fire, thick smoke, unsafe roads, damaged infrastructure, and downed powerlines and trees.

It has been confirmed that 27 homes have been lost at this stage, but this number is expected to increase as damage assessments continue overnight and tomorrow.

Fire and emergency services are working to control the fire. If you live in the area please remain patient and do not try to access your home before it is safe to do so.

These steps may help you and your family:
• Seek support from local welfare agencies
• Encourage your family to talk about their experience with friends and neighbours
• Rely on official information from authorities.

COMMUNITY MEETING:
A community meeting will be held at 10am tomorrow Monday 13 January at Brown Park in Swan View on the corner of Amherst Road and Salisbury Road.

WHAT AGENCIES ARE DOING:

More than 350 firefighters and personnel from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, volunteer fire and emergency services, Department of Parks and Wildlife, WA Police, Shire of Mundaring, Department for Child Protection and Family Support, St John Ambulance, Western Power and Water Corporation have responded to the bushfire.
All agencies have been working tirelessly since the fire began, saving a number homes and buildings, and protecting critical infrastructure.

PET WELFARE:
For help with pet welfare contact your local vet. RSPCA WA may provide support and relocation for lost and injured animals after major fires and can be contacted on 9209 9300.

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:
DFES is managing the fire.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
• To report a fire call 000
• To contact police call WA Police 131 444

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 1300 657 209, follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

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Media Contact: DFES Media and Public Affairs on 9225 5955.

 

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