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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Brand Highway, North of Badgingarra
Thursday 3 December 2009 – 3:00 PM

Bushfire ADVICE for Brand Highway, North of Badgingarra

ALERT LEVEL:

 

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the northern part of Badgingarra, for three separate fires in close proximity, that are burning north of the town site next to Brand Highway near Boothendarra Road and Watheroo Track.

 

There are no lives or homes threatened by the fire. Although there is no immediate danger you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

 

With strong winds of 50 kilometres per hour, more than 200 firefighters, 60 appliances and two water bombers are working hard to keep the fire contained.

 

WHAT TO DO:

People living in the area need to be alert, watch for signs of fire and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site and take their advice.

 

You should:

·      Close all doors and windows

·      Turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible

 

Motorists should be extremely careful when driving through the area because of smoke from the fire.

 

If you come across smoke on the road you should:

·         Turn your headlights on to make your vehicle more visible to others

·         Drive slowly

·         If you cannot see clearly, pull over to the side of the road, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

All three fires have been contained and crews are working to strengthen containment lines.

 

 

The fires were reported at 10am today and have burnt through more than 600 hectares.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Fire crews are on the scene strengthening containment lines.

 

Bushfire brigades from the shires of Dandaragan and Coorow along with emergency services personnel from WA Police, Department of Environment and Conservation and FESA are working with Shire of Dandaragan.

 

Two water bombers have been mobilised to assist ground crews.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

Roads have been closed including the Brand Highway between Watheroo Road south and the north part of Jurien East Road. Motorists should avoid the area.

 

Further clarification should be sought from WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

 

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

Shire of Dandaragan is managing the fire.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Call 1300 657 209, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.

 

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Media Contact: Media and Public Affairs, 9225 5955.

 

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