Three desert tracks now closed due to fire.

Submitted: Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 19:58
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Gday,

I'm not sure how often this happens, but the Anne Beadell Highway from the west, the complete Connie Sue Highway and the Gunbarrel Highway from Carnegie to Warburton are all currently closed due to fire.

There is also a smoke alert on the GCR east of Tjukayirla.

The fire on the Gunbarrel has already burnt 20,000 square kilometres.

FESA

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Alan



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Reply By: ExplorOz Facebook App - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 20:06

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 20:06
Joe Grace posted this reply on the ExplorOz Facebook page:

happened last year ........ then a few days later it was shut due to rains, made the road really smooth for us :-)
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 20:58

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 20:58
Thanks Alan.

Good thing we covered the ground four weeks ago... current situation would have really stuffed us up.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:30

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:30
You got out in the nick of time John :-)

I'll be at Everard Junction in 30 days (or is that 29.5 days), hopefully they will let me through by then.




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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:16

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:16
What part of the Anne Beadell is closed? We are near Port Augusta at the moment on our way to do the ABH, expecting to leave Coober Pedy on Sunday.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:25

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:25
Hi Shaker,

I using info from the FESA Website:

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people 20 kilometres north of Neale Junction in the Great Victoria Desert in the Shire of Laverton.

The fire has been burning for three to four weeks but has now crossed the Connie Sue Road, 20 kilometres north of Neale Junction. This has resulted in the closure of Connie Sue Road and the Anne Beadell Highway.

Motorists and campers who are in the area or planning on travelling through the area should make alternate arrangements.

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

WHAT TO DO:

Adhere to road closures.
Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area to help you decide what to do www.fesa.wa.gov.au/firedangerratings.


ROAD CLOSURES:
The Connie Sue Road and the Anne Beadell Highway are closed from Warburton, Laverton and the Trans Line at Rawlinna.
Motorists should adhere to road closures and avoid the area.

For further details contact Shire of Laverton.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
The bushfire has burnt through 800,000 hectares.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
FESA and the Shire of Laverton are monitoring the fire.

CAUSE:
The cause of the fire is unknown.
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It may be out by the time you get there, check the website when you get to Coober Pedy.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:56

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:56
Thanks, I had just managed to access that on my iPhone, can't access the Shire of Laverton website, I'll have to ring them or the police tomorrow.
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Reply By: equinox - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 15:27

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 15:27
From FESA:

ROAD CLOSURES:
The Connie Sue Road is closed between Neale Junction and Parallel Road due to the fire.

The Anne Beadell Highway is now open.

Motorists should adhere to road closures and avoid the area.
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