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Structure Fire Advice for Karawara in Perth Metropolitan

Category: Other Alert Summary: Structure Fire Advice for Karawara in the City of South Perth Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA.

Please note changes to Road Closures and What Firefighters Are Doing sections


Time of issue: 10:29 AM
Date of issue: 30 December 2019

Structure Fire Advice for Karawara in the City of South Perth

ALERT LEVEL
A Structure Fire Advice is current for people in Karawara in the City of South Perth.


There is a structure fire on Walanna Drive, near the intersection of Gillon Street, in Karawara in the City of South Perth. The top storey of an apartment block is on fire. 

WHAT TO DO:

• As a precautionary measure, people in the area should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed. Air conditioners should also be switched off.

• People should stay away from the area. If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel.

• People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

DETAILS:

Road Closures

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

Walanna Drive is closed between Gillon Street and Jackson Road, however it is open to local traffic. 

What firefighters are doing:

Firefighters have extinguished the fire and are working to make the area safe.

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 will be issued when the situation changes
END

Bushfire All Clear for the western part of Cape Le Grand National Park in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for the western part of Cape Le Grand National Park in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions


Time of issue: 09:44 AM
Date of issue: 30 December 2019


Bushfire ALL CLEAR for the western part of Cape Le Grand National Park in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people west of Lucky Bay in the western part of Cape Le Grand National Park in the Shire of Esperance.

  • The bushfire that was burning in Cape Le Grand National Park has been contained and is under control.
  • Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day.
  • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

No roads are closed.

Motorists are asked to reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

Recreation Site Closures:

  • Cape Le Grand National Park has been reopened.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are patrolling the area and mopping up.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • Currently there has been 3000 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

No further updates will be issued.


END

Bushfire Advice for Israelite Bay within NUYTSLAND NATURE RESERVE and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Israelite Bay within NUYTSLAND NATURE RESERVE and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

There is no change to the previous alert


Time of issue: 09:40 AM
Date of issue: 30 December 2019


Bushfire ADVICE for Israelite Bay within NUYTSLAND NATURE RESERVE and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Israelite Bay within NUYTSLAND NATURE RESERVE and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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 near the intersection of FISHERIES RD and POINT MALCOLM RD in ISRAELITE BAY

WHAT TO DO:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel who may be working on site. 

    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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • It is contained but not controlled.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
    A number of roads have been closed including:

    • Gora Track
    • Wattle Camp Track between Wattle Track Camp and Balbinya Homestead
    • Track between Israelite Bay and Point Culver

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

    SITE CLOSURES:

    The following recreation sites are closed:

    • Bronze Whaler campsite
    • Wattle Camp between Point Culver and Israelite Bay
    • Point Culver recreation site


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are monitoring the situation.


    DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
    Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:50 AM on 20 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 38,500 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 09:32 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Chester Pass Road, Border-Bremer Bay Road and Chillinup Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
    • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
    • the fire is burning in an easterly direction.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY.

    • 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 in Stirling Range National Park.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • Be extremely careful when driving through 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.


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP.

    • Firefighters will monitor the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.


    • Spotting is occurring 100 metres ahead of the fire.
    • Firefighters are currently experiencing challenging and unfavourable firefighting conditions. Winds are currently gusting at 45 kilometres per hour. 


    SAFER PLACE:

    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    Please refer to road closures below to plan your safest route.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

    A number of roads have been closed including:

    • Bluff Knoll Road
    • Mount Trio Road
    • Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range National Park)
    • Chester Pass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road
    • North Stirling Road west of Chester Pass Road and Stirling Access Road and east of Yetermerup Road
    • Balicup Road is closed at Salt River Road
    • North Stirling Road closed between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road
    • Salt River Road closed between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road
    • Chesterpass Road closed between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
    • Mungerup Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Sandalwood Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Greaves Hill Road along the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Gnowellen Road closed at Chillinup Road to Sandalwood Road
    • Kutch Road closed at Chillinup Road to Gnowellen 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

    PHONE:

    At this stage, phone and internet services have not been impacted.

    SITE CLOSURES:

    A number of sites are closed:

    • Stirling Range Retreat 
    • Stirling Range National Park  
    • Bluff Knoll Recreation Site 
    • Moingup Springs Campground 
    • Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
    • 200 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Pastoralists firefighters are attending.
    • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers are also in attendance.


    DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
    Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 08:12 PM on 26 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 16,645 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.


    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au.


    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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 09:11 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people at the HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA .

    • 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.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving:

    • Firefighters are still working in the area - be extremely careful when driving through the area.
    • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
    • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
    • There may be smoke over roads over the next few days.  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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a north easterly direction.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    The following roads are now open:

    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums, Norseman and Esperance. 
    • Eyre Highway between the Norseman townsite and Caiguna.

    The following roads remain closed: 

    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off remains closed for the immediate future as it has been impacted by fire. Travellers shoud seek alternate routes. 
    • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite. This road closure is due to fallen trees and debris. 

    As there is still active fire in the area, roads may be closed at short notice. 

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and emergency services personnel working on site.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • 42 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
    • State Emergency Service (SES) personnel are also in attendance. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 148,000 hectares burnt.
    • Local radio frequencies that can be heard in the Norseman area and surrounds: - Kalgoorlie 648 AM - Esperance 837 AM - Laverton and Menzies 106.1FM - Leonora and Norseman 105.7 FM - Southern Cross 106.3FM.
    • The cause of the fire is unknown.
    • DFES 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Structure Fire Advice for Karawara in Perth Metropolitan

    Category: Other Alert Summary: Structure Fire Advice for Karawara in the City of South Perth Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA.


    Time of issue: 09:06 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019

    Structure Fire Advice for Karawara in the City of South Perth

    ALERT LEVEL
    A Structure Fire Advice is current for people in Karawara in the City of South Perth.


    There is a structure fire on Walanna Drive, near the intersection of Gillon Street, in Karawara in the City of South Perth. The top storey of an apartment block is on fire. 

    WHAT TO DO:

    • As a precautionary measure, people in the area should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed. Air conditioners should also be switched off.

    • People should stay away from the area. If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel. • People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

    DETAILS:

    Road Closures

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

    No roads are closed

    What firefighters are doing:

    Firefighters are working to contain and control 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 will be issued when the situation changes
    END

    Bushfire All Clear for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 07:32 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Chester Pass Road, Border-Bremer Bay Road and Chillinup Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
    • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
    • the fire is burning in an easterly direction.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY.

    • 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 in Stirling Range National Park.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • Be extremely careful when driving through 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.


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP.

    • Firefighters will monitor the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.


    • Spotting is occurring 100 metres ahead of the fire.
    • Firefighters are currently experiencing challenging and unfavourable firefighting conditions. Winds are currently gusting at 45 kilometres per hour. 


    SAFER PLACE:

    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    Please refer to road closures below to plan your safest route.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

    A number of roads have been closed including:

    • Bluff Knoll Road
    • Mount Trio Road
    • Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range National Park)
    • Chester Pass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road
    • North Stirling Road west of Chester Pass Road and Stirling Access Road and east of Yetermerup Road
    • Balicup Road is closed at Salt River Road
    • North Stirling Road closed between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road
    • Salt River Road closed between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road
    • Chesterpass Road closed between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
    • Mungerup Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Sandalwood Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Greaves Hill Road along the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Gnowellen Road closed at Chillinup Road to Sandalwood Road
    • Kutch Road closed at Chillinup Road to Gnowellen 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

    PHONE:

    At this stage, phone and internet services have not been impacted.

    SITE CLOSURES:

    A number of sites are closed:

    • Stirling Range Retreat 
    • Stirling Range National Park  
    • Bluff Knoll Recreation Site 
    • Moingup Springs Campground 
    • Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
    • 200 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Pastoralists firefighters are attending.
    • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers are also in attendance.


    DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
    Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 08:12 PM on 26 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 16,645 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.


    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au.


    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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    After Storm: Cancellation for Kimberley

    Category: Storm Alert Summary: Cancellation of severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the Kimberley Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).


    Time of issue: 07:17 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019

    Cancellation of severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the Kimberley
    As at 30/12/2019 06:26:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the Kimberley including Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing has been cancelled.

    Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in WA. The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

    To date, DFES has received minimal calls for assistance.

    WHAT TO DO:
    Now the severe thunderstorms has passed, DFES advises you to:

    • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers,streams and waterways.
    • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
    • Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
    • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
    • Check to see if your neighbour needs help.
    • If damage has occurred, take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
    • If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Some roads may be closed

    Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley.


    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.


    IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

    • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
    • In a life threatening situation call 000

    After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

    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.
    No further updates will be issued.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note changes under ROAD CLOSURES and BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR sections


    Time of issue: 07:10 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people at the HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA .

    • 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.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving:

    • Firefighters are still working in the area - be extremely careful when driving through the area.
    • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
    • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
    • There may be smoke over roads over the next few days.  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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a north easterly direction.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    The following roads are now open:

    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums, Norseman and Esperance. 
    • Eyre Highway between the Norseman townsite and Caiguna.

    The following roads remain closed: 

    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off remains closed for the immediate future as it has been impacted by fire. Travellers shoud seek alternate routes. 
    • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite. This road closure is due to fallen trees and debris. 

    As there is still active fire in the area, roads may be closed at short notice. 

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and emergency services personnel working on site.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • 42 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
    • State Emergency Service (SES) personnel are also in attendance. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 148,000 hectares burnt.
    • Local radio frequencies that can be heard in the Norseman area and surrounds: - Kalgoorlie 648 AM - Esperance 837 AM - Laverton and Menzies 106.1FM - Leonora and Norseman 105.7 FM - Southern Cross 106.3FM.
    • The cause of the fire is unknown.
    • DFES 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Storm - Take Action Now for Kimberley

    Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Kimberley Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

    Please note the warning area now includes Halls Creek


    Time of issue: 05:39 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Kimberley

    If you live in parts of the Kimberley you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.


    Severe thunderstorms over the southern Kimberley may produce damaging wind gusts. Locations which may be affected include Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing.


    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises you to:

    • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
    • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
    • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
    • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
    • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
    IF DRIVING:
    • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
    • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
    • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
    • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

    • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

    People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance


    WEATHER DETAILS:
    At 30/12/2019 04:30:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised radar imagery showed a line of storms about 40 kilometres to the southeast of Halls Creek moving northwest at 30km/h. Severe thunderstorms may produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Some roads may be closed

    Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley.


    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.


    IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

    • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
    • In a life threatening situation call 000

    After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

    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.
    Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 05:31 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Chester Pass Road, Border-Bremer Bay Road and Chillinup Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
    • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
    • the fire is burning in an easterly direction.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY.

    • 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 in Stirling Range National Park.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • Be extremely careful when driving through 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.


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP.

    • Firefighters will monitor the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.


    • Spotting is occurring 100 metres ahead of the fire.
    • Firefighters are currently experiencing challenging and unfavourable firefighting conditions. Winds are currently gusting at 45 kilometres per hour. 


    SAFER PLACE:

    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    Please refer to road closures below to plan your safest route.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

    A number of roads have been closed including:

    • Bluff Knoll Road
    • Mount Trio Road
    • Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range National Park)
    • Chester Pass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road
    • North Stirling Road west of Chester Pass Road and Stirling Access Road and east of Yetermerup Road
    • Balicup Road is closed at Salt River Road
    • North Stirling Road closed between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road
    • Salt River Road closed between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road
    • Chesterpass Road closed between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
    • Mungerup Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Sandalwood Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Greaves Hill Road along the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Gnowellen Road closed at Chillinup Road to Sandalwood Road
    • Kutch Road closed at Chillinup Road to Gnowellen 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

    PHONE:

    At this stage, phone and internet services have not been impacted.

    SITE CLOSURES:

    A number of sites are closed:

    • Stirling Range Retreat 
    • Stirling Range National Park  
    • Bluff Knoll Recreation Site 
    • Moingup Springs Campground 
    • Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
    • 200 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Pastoralists firefighters are attending.
    • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers are also in attendance.


    DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
    Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 08:12 PM on 26 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 16,645 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.


    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au.


    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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 05:26 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people at the HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA .

    • 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.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving:

    • Firefighters are still working in the area - be extremely careful when driving through the area.
    • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
    • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
    • There may be smoke over roads over the next few days.  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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    The following roads are closed: 

    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman. Please note, the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman southbound is open for people to leave Norseman in a southerly direction.
    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off.  
    • Eyre Highway between the Norseman townsite and Caiguna.
    • Hyden-Norseman Road is closed between Marvel-Loch Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite. This road closure is due to falling trees and debris. Please take heed for your safety.

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and emergency services personnel working on site.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • 42 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
    • State Emergency Service (SES) personnel are also in attendance. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 148,000 hectares burnt.
    • Local radio frequencies that can be heard in the Norseman area and surrounds: - Kalgoorlie 648 AM - Esperance 837 AM - Laverton and Menzies 106.1FM - Leonora and Norseman 105.7 FM - Southern Cross 106.3FM.
    • The cause of the fire is unknown.
    • DFES 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Storm - Take Action Now for Kimberley

    Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with thunderstorms coming in parts of the Kimberley Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

    This is a new alert


    Time of issue: 03:55 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Take action with thunderstorms coming in parts of the Kimberley

    If you live in parts of the Kimberley you should take action and stay safe with thunderstorms to come.


    Thunderstorms over the southern Kimberley may produce damaging wind gusts. Locations which may be affected inclde Fitzroy Crossing.


    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises you to:

    • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
    • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
    • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
    • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
    • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
    IF DRIVING:
    • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
    • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
    • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
    • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

    • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

    People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance


    WEATHER DETAILS:
    At 30/12/2019 03:28:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised radar imagery showed a line of storms about 50 kilometres to the southeast of Fitzroy Crossing moving northwest at 40km/h. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Fitzroy Crossing.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Some roads may be closed

    Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley.


    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.


    IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

    • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
    • In a life threatening situation call 000

    After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

    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.
    Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 03:36 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Chester Pass Road, Border-Bremer Bay Road and Chillinup Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
    • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
    • the fire is burning in an easterly direction.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY.

    • 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 in Stirling Range National Park.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • Be extremely careful when driving through 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.


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP.

    • Firefighters will monitor the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.


    • Spotting is occurring 100 metres ahead of the fire.
    • Firefighters are currently experiencing challenging and unfavourable firefighting conditions. Winds are currently gusting at 45 kilometres per hour. 


    SAFER PLACE:

    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    Please refer to road closures below to plan your safest route.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

    A number of roads have been closed including:

    • Bluff Knoll Road
    • Mount Trio Road
    • Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range National Park)
    • Chester Pass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road
    • North Stirling Road west of Chester Pass Road and Stirling Access Road and east of Yetermerup Road
    • Balicup Road is closed at Salt River Road
    • North Stirling Road closed between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road
    • Salt River Road closed between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road
    • Chesterpass Road closed between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
    • Mungerup Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Sandalwood Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Greaves Hill Road along the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Gnowellen Road closed at Chillinup Road to Sandalwood Road
    • Kutch Road closed at Chillinup Road to Gnowellen 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

    PHONE:

    At this stage, phone and internet services have not been impacted.

    SITE CLOSURES:

    A number of sites are closed:

    • Stirling Range Retreat 
    • Stirling Range National Park  
    • Bluff Knoll Recreation Site 
    • Moingup Springs Campground 
    • Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
    • 200 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Pastoralists firefighters are attending.
    • Aerial support cannot operate in the dark and have been released from the incident. If needed they will return at first light.
    • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers are also in attendance.


    DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
    Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 08:12 PM on 26 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 16,645 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.


    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au.


    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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 03:33 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people at the HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA .

    • 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.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving:

    • Firefighters are still working in the area - be extremely careful when driving through the area.
    • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
    • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
    • There may be smoke over roads over the next few days.  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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    The following roads are closed: 

    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman. Please note, the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman southbound is open for people to leave Norseman in a southerly direction.
    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off.  
    • Eyre Highway between the Norseman townsite and Caiguna.
    • Hyden-Norseman Road is closed between Marvel-Loch Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite. This road closure is due to falling trees and debris. Please take heed for your safety.

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and emergency services personnel working on site.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • 42 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
    • State Emergency Service (SES) personnel are also in attendance. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 148,000 hectares burnt.
    • Local radio frequencies that can be heard in the Norseman area and surrounds: - Kalgoorlie 648 AM - Esperance 837 AM - Laverton and Menzies 106.1FM - Leonora and Norseman 105.7 FM - Southern Cross 106.3FM.
    • The cause of the fire is unknown.
    • DFES 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 01:45 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Chester Pass Road, Border-Bremer Bay Road and Chillinup Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
    • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
    • the fire is burning in an easterly direction.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY.

    • 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 in Stirling Range National Park.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • Be extremely careful when driving through 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.


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP.

    • Firefighters will monitor the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.


    • Spotting is occurring 100 metres ahead of the fire.
    • Firefighters are currently experiencing challenging and unfavourable firefighting conditions. Winds are currently gusting at 45 kilometres per hour. 


    SAFER PLACE:

    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    Please refer to road closures below to plan your safest route.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

    A number of roads have been closed including:

    • Bluff Knoll Road
    • Mount Trio Road
    • Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range National Park)
    • Chester Pass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road
    • North Stirling Road west of Chester Pass Road and Stirling Access Road and east of Yetermerup Road
    • Balicup Road is closed at Salt River Road
    • North Stirling Road closed between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road
    • Salt River Road closed between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road
    • Chesterpass Road closed between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
    • Mungerup Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Sandalwood Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road
    • Greaves Hill Road along the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Gnowellen Road closed at Chillinup Road to Sandalwood Road
    • Kutch Road closed at Chillinup Road to Gnowellen 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

    PHONE:

    At this stage, phone and internet services have not been impacted.

    SITE CLOSURES:

    A number of sites are closed:

    • Stirling Range Retreat 
    • Stirling Range National Park  
    • Bluff Knoll Recreation Site 
    • Moingup Springs Campground 
    • Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
    • 200 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Pastoralists firefighters are attending.
    • Aerial support cannot operate in the dark and have been released from the incident. If needed they will return at first light.
    • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers are also in attendance.


    DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
    Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 08:12 PM on 26 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 16,645 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.


    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au.


    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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 01:40 AM
    Date of issue: 30 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people at the HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA .

    • 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.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving:

    • Firefighters are still working in the area - be extremely careful when driving through the area.
    • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
    • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
    • There may be smoke over roads over the next few days.  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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    The following roads are closed: 

    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman. Please note, the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman southbound is open for people to leave Norseman in a southerly direction.
    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off.  
    • Eyre Highway between the Norseman townsite and Caiguna.
    • Hyden-Norseman Road is closed between Marvel-Loch Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite. This road closure is due to falling trees and debris. Please take heed for your safety

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and emergency services personnel working on site.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • 42 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
    • State Emergency Service (SES) personnel are also in attendance. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 148,000 hectares burnt.
    • Local radio frequencies that can be heard in the Norseman area and surrounds: - Kalgoorlie 648 AM - Esperance 837 AM - Laverton and Menzies 106.1FM - Leonora and Norseman 105.7 FM - Southern Cross 106.3FM.
    • The cause of the fire is unknown.
    • DFES 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert


    Time of issue: 11:46 PM
    Date of issue: 29 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Chester Pass Road, Border-Bremer Bay Road and Chillinup Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
    • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
    • the fire is burning in an easterly direction.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY.

    • 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 in Stirling Range National Park.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • Be extremely careful when driving through 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.


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP.

    • Firefighters will monitor the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.


    • Spotting is occurring 100 metres ahead of the fire.
    • Firefighters are currently experiencing challenging and unfavourable firefighting conditions. Winds are currently gusting at 45 kilometres per hour. 


    SAFER PLACE:

    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    Please refer to road closures below to plan your safest route.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

    A number of roads have been closed including:

    • Bluff Knoll Road
    • Mount Trio Road 
    • Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range National Park)
    • Chester Pass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road
    • North Stirling Road west of Chester Pass Road and Stirling Access Road and east of Yetermerup Road
    • Balicup Road is closed at Salt River Road 
    • North Stirling Road closed between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road 
    • Salt River Road closed between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road 
    • Chesterpass Road closed between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
    • Mungerup Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Sandalwood Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Greaves Hill Road along the Borden-Bremer Bay Road ?
    • Gnowellen Road closed at Chillinup Road to Sandalwood Road
    • Kutch Road closed at Chillinup Road to Gnowellen 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

    PHONE:

    At this stage, phone and internet services have not been impacted.

    SITE CLOSURES:

    A number of sites are closed:

    • Stirling Range Retreat 
    • Stirling Range National Park  
    • Bluff Knoll Recreation Site 
    • Moingup Springs Campground 
    • Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
    • 200 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Pastoralists firefighters are attending.
    • Aerial support cannot operate in the dark and have been released from the incident. If needed they will return at first light.
    • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers are also in attendance


    DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
    Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 08:12 PM on 26 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 16,645 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.


    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au.


    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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note changes to Road Closures and Conditions section


    Time of issue: 11:40 PM
    Date of issue: 29 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people at the HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA .

    • 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.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving:

    • Firefighters are still working in the area - be extremely careful when driving through the area.
    • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
    • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
    • There may be smoke over roads over the next few days.  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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    The following roads are closed: 

    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman. Please note, the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman southbound is open for people to leave Norseman in a southerly direction.
    • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off.  
    • Eyre Highway between the Norseman townsite and Caiguna.
    • Hyden-Norseman Road is closed between Marvel-Loch Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite. This road closure is due to falling trees and debris. Please take heed for your safety

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and emergency services personnel working on site.

    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • 42 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
    • State Emergency Service (SES) personnel are also in attendance. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 148,000 hectares burnt.
    • Local radio frequencies that can be heard in the Norseman area and surrounds: - Kalgoorlie 648 AM - Esperance 837 AM - Laverton and Menzies 106.1FM - Leonora and Norseman 105.7 FM - Southern Cross 106.3FM.
    • The cause of the fire is unknown.
    • DFES 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note this alert has been downgraded


    Time of issue: 09:45 PM
    Date of issue: 29 December 2019


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Chester Pass Road, Border-Bremer Bay Road and Chillinup Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK.

    • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
    • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
    • the fire is burning in an easterly direction.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
    • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
    • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
    • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


    Bushfire ADVICE for south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY.

    • 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 in Stirling Range National Park.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • Be extremely careful when driving through 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.


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP.

    • Firefighters will monitor the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.


    • Spotting is occurring 100 metres ahead of the fire.
    • Firefighters are currently experiencing challenging and unfavourable firefighting conditions. Winds are currently gusting at 45 kilometres per hour. 


    SAFER PLACE:

    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    Please refer to road closures below to plan your safest route..


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

    A number of roads have been closed including:

    • Bluff Knoll Road
    • Mount Trio Road 
    • Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range National Park)
    • Chester Pass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road
    • North Stirling Road west of Chester Pass Road and Stirling Access Road and east of Yetermerup Road
    • Balicup Road is closed at Salt River Road 
    • North Stirling Road closed between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road 
    • Salt River Road closed between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road 
    • Chesterpass Road closed between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
    • Mungerup Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Sandalwood Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
    • Greaves Hill Road along the Borden-Bremer Bay Road ?
    • Gnowellen Road closed at Chillinup Road to Sandalwood Road
    • Kutch Road closed at Chillinup Road to Gnowellen 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

    PHONE:

    At this stage, phone and internet services have not been impacted.

    SITE CLOSURES:

    A number of sites are closed:

    • Stirling Range Retreat 
    • Stirling Range National Park  
    • Bluff Knoll Recreation Site 
    • Moingup Springs Campground 
    • Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
    • 200 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Pastoralists firefighters are attending.
    • Aerial support cannot operate in the dark and have been released from the incident. If needed they will return at first light..
    • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers are also in attendance


    DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
    Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 08:12 PM on 26 December 2019.
    • Currently there has been 16,645 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.


    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au.


    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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

    During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

    Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


    END

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