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Ferndale Wildfire Update – March 11, 2009

DEC wishes to provide an update on the wildfire south west of Balingup over the weekend of 14 – 15 February 2009. The fire is now well contained and being monitored by DEC’s regular surveillance system, softwood industry personnel and DEC crews working in the vicinity. Salvage harvesting of the merchantable pine by the Forest Products Commission is occurring. This operation may experience ignitions of fallen tree tops and needle bed from hot material in the ground, creating fire and smoke hazards from time to time in some areas within the fire boundary. The damage caused by the fire has been assessed and damage to some of the facilities and the forest at the Wrights Bridge recreation site identified. Therefore, the Wrights Bridge recreation area will remain closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to be aware of fire personnel and other vehicle traffic associated with the incident. Smoke may still be emitted from the fire ground and motorists should drive with their headlights turned on.

Road Re-opening details: Nannup- Balingup, Cundinup and Hawter Roads are Open. Please drive slowly with headlights on and please look out for fire trucks and workers on these roads.

Road Closure details: The following road blocks are still in place:

  • All internal plantation roads are closed to general traffic.

A bridge load limit of 8t has been placed on the bridge on a small track known as Crossing Road (near Wrights Bridge).

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