Monday, August 22, 2011

Fires burning at Manari Road Blockade.

Messages from Facebook:

- Broome Police closed the Manari Road today as bushfires were flaring up! FESA dropped several fire 'bombs', some VERY close to the Manari Road Blockade Camp to try and backburn!? The camp has been established more than 80 days ago to stop Woodside from entering on to country and is still standing strong! We wont give up!

- People on the front line don't give up. Remember you are making a difference. You have a Bike to Broome, mentions in the West Australian, a full page article in the Sunday Times, guestions in Federal Parliament, fabulous coverage on Catylist, Q&A trying hard to ignore you, people donating to get the Dinosaur experts up, John Butler's article, Facebook growing before your eyes. And that's just some of the actions in the last 7days. Keep strong, Australia needs you to stay there.

A bushfire ADVICE remains for Manari Road, Waterbank at Quondong Point, north of Broome in the Shire of Broome.

The bushfire is burning in bushland east of Manari Road between Bard Creek and Willie Creek, near the coast north of Broome.

There is no threat to lives or homes, but there may be a lot of smoke in the area. Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date.


Manari Road remains closed to all traffic from the Cape Leveque turn off. This will be reassessed tomorrow morning.
Cape Leveque may be closed from tomorrow morning.

Motorists should avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

Today 120 tourists and staff at Willie Creek Pearl Farm and tourist site were relocated to Broome for their personal safety.

The bushfire is moving in a southerly direction. It is not contained or controlled.

Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service and Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) firefighters are on the scene, undertaking back burning and fire suppression operations. Aerial back burning is also being utilised.

Several bushfires have been burning in the vicinity over the past 14 days. To date there has been more than 97,000 hectares burnt.

FESA is managing the fire. The Shire of Broome, DEC and WA Police are assisting.

If you have a respiratory condition you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

In a life threatening situation call 000.

Call 1300 657 209, visit or listen to news bulletins.

The next update will be provided at 11am on Tuesday 23 August unless the situation changes.

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