York Fire Update

Published: Friday, 11 January 2019 at 9:53:42 AM

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Shire of York
MEDIA RELEASE 11 January 2019
YORK FIRE UPDATE

The Shire of York advises  that the fire  that started in St Ronans on Great Southern Highway at around 3.30 yesterday afternoon has been contained. Emergency services crews are now in the process of cleaning up and assessing damage. No houses were lost.

Main Roads WA is on-site assessing 6 Mile Bridge which was damaged extensively by the fire. Great Southern Highway therefore remains closed between the intersection of Yarra and Inkpen Roads and Cut Hill Road for the foreseeable future.

For updates on main roads, please refer to www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

The Shire has closed Ashworth Road between Mokine Road and Great Southern Highway while emergency services crews are in attendance. Approximately 435 hectares of land was affected by the fire, primarily crop stubble and bushland. No reports of property damage have been received and all residents remain in their homes.

There was an extraordinary response to the emergency.

Shire President, Cr David Wallace said, “We had over 65 appliances and their crews working to contain the fire from as far away as Quairading, Northam, Mundaring and Midland, as well as 11 aircraft assisting. This morning, we’ve got 2 loaders and 2 graders working along with about 30 farm vehicles and volunteers. A bulldozer from the Department of Parks & Wildlife will be joining us soon.

The community of York is really grateful to everyone who has come to help at this time”.

Fire conditions today are favourable with a low to moderate risk which makes clean-up much easier. However, conditions are expected to change tomorrow so people are advised to continue to be vigilant and exercise caution.

For further information please contact:
Shire of York
Suzie Haslehurst, A/CEO on Tel: 9641 2233 or Email: records@york.wa.gov.au

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