The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Please note changes under Road and recreation site closures
Time of issue: 05:18 PM
Date of issue: 11 September 2019
Bushfire ADVICE for people travelling along the Gibb River Road in KING LEOPOLD RANGE CONSERVATION PARK in SHIRE OF DERBY-WEST KIMBERLEY
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling along the Gibb River Road in the vicinity of March Fly Glen day use area in KING LEOPOLD RANGE CONSERVATION PARK in SHIRE OF DERBY-WEST KIMBERLEY.
- There is no threat to lives or homes.
- 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 in case the situation changes.
- The fire started 7km west of the Silent Grove turnoff in KING LEOPOLD RANGE CONSERVATION PARK
WHAT TO DO:
- Be extremely careful when driving given smoke in the area.
- Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
- Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
- If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
- If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
- It is out of control and unpredictable.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
The following roads are closed:
- Mount Hart Road
- Silent Grove Road
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF DERBY-WEST KIMBERLEY.
Recreation Site Closures:
The following recreation sites are closed until further notice:
- Lennard River Gorge day use area and Lennard River Gorge walk trail
- Silent Grove Campground
- Bell Gorge Campground
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
- The fire was reported at 03:09 PM on 1 September 2019.
- Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is unknown.
- Parks and Wildlife Service is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.