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Media Release

Bushfire ADVICE for Lower Chittering
Monday 7 December 2009 – 5:25 PM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in between Chittering Road and Morley Road, Lower Chittering for a fire that is burning north west of Chittering Road and Wilson Road near the Chittering boundary.

 

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.

 

WHAT TO DO:

People living in the area need to be alert and watch for signs of fire.

 

You should:

·      Close all doors and windows

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

 

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

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is now under control.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Sixty career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are establishing and strengthening containment lines.

 

Emergency services personnel from WA Police, Department of Environment and Conservation, Western Power and Saint John Ambulance are working with the City of Swan and FESA.

 

Firefighters have saved one home and several sheds on Chittering Road.

 

The incident was reported at 11am today and has burnt through 12 hectares.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been closed including Chittering Road at Wilson Road and Muchea East Road and motorists should avoid the area. Further clarification should be sought from the City of Swan.

 

CAUSE OF THE FIRE:

The fire was started by a tree on a powerline.

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:

The City of Swan is managing the fire, with assistance from FESA.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209 or listen to news bulletins.

 

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