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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Brand Highway, North of Badgingarra
Friday 4 December 2009 – 12:50 PM


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 near Boothendarra Road and Watheroo Track.


There are no lives or homes threatened by the fires. Although there is no immediate danger you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes due to strong winds of 50 kilometres per hour.


More than 200 firefighters, 60 appliances and two water bombers worked hard yesterday and last night to bring the fires under control. Fire crews will continue to work throughout the day to strengthen containment lines.



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 possible 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



The three bushfires are under control.


They were reported at 10am yesterday and have burnt through more than 600 hectares.



Fire crews are continuing to strengthen containment lines to stop the fires escaping.


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




Brand Highway is currently open.



The Shire of Dandaragan is in control of the fire, with assistance from a FESA Incident Management Team.



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




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