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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

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: 09:41 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 people can leave Norseman and travel south.
  • 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 Advice for south of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park Content:

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

Please note changes to Bushfire Behaviour and What Firefighters Are Doing sections


Time of issue: 08:20 PM
Date of issue: 29 December 2019


Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area east of Stirling Range National Park and Chester Pass Road, west of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and north of Chillinup Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
  • It is burning in an easterly direction.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
  • Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
  • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
  • If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP, CRANBROOK PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and an area to the SOUTH bounded by Chester Pass Road, Chillinup Road and Kojaneerup Spring Road, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP, PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP.

  • 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 of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area east of Chester Pass Road, south of Chillinup Road, north of Stirling School Road and South Coast Highway AND an area east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill AND South of North Stirling Road, West of Chester Pass Road, east of Yetemerup Road, and north of the Stirling Range National Park in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP.

  • 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 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.

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 hour unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for northern parts of LONDONDERRY in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for northern parts of LONDONDERRY in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

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

This is a new alert


Time of issue: 08:11 PM
Date of issue: 29 December 2019


Bushfire ADVICE for northern parts of LONDONDERRY in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people near Burra Rock Road south of Nepean Spargoville Road in northern parts of LONDONDERRY in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

  • 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 BURRA ROCK ROAD and NEPEAN SPARGOVILLE ROAD in LONDONDERRY.
  • It is burning 13 kilometres southwest of Londonderry.

WHAT TO DO:

    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 BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving slowly in a south easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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

    • Burra Rock Road, south of Nepean Spargoville 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 COOLGARDIE.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are monitoring the situation.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 08:41 AM on 29 December 2020.
    • Currently there has been 2000 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is unknown.
    • Shire of Coolgardie 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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow 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 under Road Closures section


    Time of issue: 07:25 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 people can leave Norseman and travel south.
    • 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 Advice for south of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park 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: 07:18 PM
    Date of issue: 29 December 2019


    Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area east of Stirling Range National Park and Chester Pass Road, west of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and north of Chillinup Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.

    • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
    • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
    • It is burning in an easterly direction.

    WHAT TO DO:

    • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
    • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
    • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
    • Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
    • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
    • If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.


    Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP, CRANBROOK PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and an area to the SOUTH bounded by Chester Pass Road, Chillinup Road and Kojaneerup Spring Road, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP, PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP.

    • 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 of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area east of Chester Pass Road, south of Chillinup Road, north of Stirling School Road and South Coast Highway AND an area east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill AND South of North Stirling Road, West of Chester Pass Road, east of Yetemerup Road, and north of the Stirling Range National Park in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP.

    • 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 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 60kmph. 


    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.

    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 has been sent to assist ground crews.
    • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers


    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 hour unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for southern parts of BURRA ROCK in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for southern parts of BURRA ROCK in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

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

    This is a new alert


    Time of issue: 06:59 PM
    Date of issue: 29 December 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for southern parts of BURRA ROCK in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people people in the southern parts of BURRA ROCK in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

    • 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 BURRA ROCK ROAD and CAVE HILL ROAD in VICTORIA ROCK.

    WHAT TO DO:

      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 BEHAVIOUR:

      • The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly direction.
      • It is out of control and unpredictable.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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

      A number of roads have been closed including:

      • Burra Rock Road between Cave Hill Road, Burra Rock Junction and Widgiemooltha.
      • Caves Road and the Burra Rock Nature Reserve camping grounds are closed. 

      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 COOLGARDIE.


      WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

      • Firefighters are on the scene, monitoring the situation.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 08:00 AM on 29 December 2020.
      • Currently there has been Approximately 1,000 hectares hectares burnt.
      • Shire of Coolgardie 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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


      END

      Bushfire Advice for south of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park Content:

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

      Please note changes to Advice and Watch and Act boundaries


      Time of issue: 06:32 PM
      Date of issue: 29 December 2019


      Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area east of Stirling Range National Park and Chester Pass Road, west of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and north of Chillinup Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.

      • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
      • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
      • It is burning in an easterly direction.

      WHAT TO DO:

      • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
      • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
      • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
      • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
      • Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
      • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
      • If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.


      Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP, CRANBROOK PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and an area to the SOUTH bounded by Chester Pass Road, Chillinup Road and Kojaneerup Spring Road, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP, PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP.

      • 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 of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area east of Chester Pass Road, south of Chillinup Road, north of Stirling School Road and South Coast Highway AND an area east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill AND South of North Stirling Road, West of Chester Pass Road, east of Yetemerup Road, and north of the Stirling Range National Park in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP.

      • 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 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 60kmph. 


      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 Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support 24 hour hotline 0418943835.
      • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.


      SAFEST ROUTE:
      For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.


      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.

      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 has been sent to assist ground crews.
      • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers


      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 hour 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 under Road Closures section


      Time of issue: 05:35 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: 

      • Eyre Highway between the Norseman townsite and Caiguna.
      • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway is closed between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off.  
      • 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 Advice for south of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park 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: 04:52 PM
      Date of issue: 29 December 2019


      Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area east of Stirling Range National Park and Chester Pass Road, west of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and north of Chillinup Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.

      • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
      • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
      • It is burning in an easterly direction.

      WHAT TO DO:

      • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
      • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
      • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
      • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
      • Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
      • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
      • If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.


      Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP, CRANBROOK PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and an area to the NORTH bounded by Yetemerup Road, North Stirling Road, and Chester Pass Road, and an area to the SOUTH bounded by Chester Pass Road, Chillinup Road and Kojaneerup Spring Road, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP, PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP.

      • 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 of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area east of Chester Pass Road, south of Chillinup Road, north of Stirling School Road and South Coast Highway, as well as an area east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP.

      • 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 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 60kmph. 


      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 Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support 24 hour hotline 0418943835.
      • 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 between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road 
      • Salt River Road between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road 
      • Chesterpass Road between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
      • Mungerup Road at Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
      • Sandalwood Road at Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
      • Greaves Hill Road at Borden-Bremer Bay Road ?
      • Gnowellen Road between Chillinup Road and Sandalwood Road
      • Kutch Road between Chillinup Road and 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.

      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 has been sent to assist ground crews.
      • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers


      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 hour unless the situation changes.


      END

      Bushfire Advice for SALMON GUMS and PEAK CHARLES NATIONAL PARK in NORTH CASCADE in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for SALMON GUMS and PEAK CHARLES NATIONAL PARK in NORTH CASCADE in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE 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: 04:09 PM
      Date of issue: 29 December 2019


      Bushfire ADVICE for SALMON GUMS and PEAK CHARLES NATIONAL PARK in NORTH CASCADE in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people within SALMON GUMS and Peak Charles National Park in NORTH CASCADE in 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 is burning north of Lake King-Norseman Road.

      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 BEHAVIOUR:

      • The bushfire is moving slowly in a southerly direction.
      • It is out of control and unpredictable.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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

      • Lake King-Norseman Road is closed
      • Peak Charles Road is closed

      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 ESPERANCE.

      RECREATION SITES:

      • Peak Charles National Park is closed


      WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

      • Firefighters are on the scene.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 03:58 PM on 26 December 2019.
      • Currently there has been 4,700 hectares burnt.
      • 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.

      The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow 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: 04:05 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 is closed between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off.  
      • 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.

      Eyre Highway is open for travellers.

      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 Advice for south of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park Content:

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

      Please note changes throughout alert. Please refer to the map on Emergency WA for warning area boundaries.


      Time of issue: 04:02 PM
      Date of issue: 29 December 2019


      Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area east of Stirling Range National Park and Chester Pass Road, west of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and north of Chillinup Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.

      • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
      • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
      • It is burning in an easterly direction.

      WHAT TO DO:

      • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
      • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
      • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
      • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
      • Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
      • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
      • If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.


      Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP, CRANBROOK PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and an area to the NORTH bounded by Yetemerup Road, North Stirling Road, and Chester Pass Road, and an area to the SOUTH bounded by Chester Pass Road, Chillinup Road and Kojaneerup Spring Road, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP, PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP.

      • 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 of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area east of Chester Pass Road, south of Chillinup Road, north of Stirling School Road and South Coast Highway, as well as an area east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP.

      • 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 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 60kmph. 


      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 Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support 24 hour hotline 0418943835.
      • 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 between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road 
      • Salt River Road between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road 
      • Chesterpass Road between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road
      • Mungerup Road at Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
      • Sandalwood Road at Borden-Bremer Bay Road 
      • Greaves Hill Road at Borden-Bremer Bay Road ?
      • Gnowellen Road between Chillinup Road and Sandalwood Road
      • Kutch Road between Chillinup Road and 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.

      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 has been sent to assist ground crews.
      • Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers


      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 hour unless the situation changes.


      END

      Bushfire Advice for eastern part of BURAMINYA in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of BURAMINYA in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE 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: 03:19 PM
      Date of issue: 29 December 2019


      Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of BURAMINYA in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on the Balladonia Track in the eastern part of BURAMINYA 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 has crossed over Parmango Road and is burning on both sides of the road.

      WHAT TO DO:

        If driving

        • Avoid driving through the area if possible.
        • 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 BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is moving slowly.
        • It is contained and under control.


        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        The following roads and tracks have been closed:

        • Wattle Camp Track between Wattle Camp and Balbinya Homestead
        • Balladonia Track / Road
        • Gora Track
        • Parmango Road between Balladonia Roadhouse and farming land north east of Esperance
        • Telegraph Track between Coolgardie-Esperance Highway and Eyre Highway
        • Balladonia Eastern Boundary Track to Point Culver. Balladonia Eastern Boundary starts approximatley 60 kilometres east of the Balladonia Roadhouse off the Eyre Highway

        Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

        Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Esperance.


        WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

        • Firefighters are monitoring the situation.


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        • The fire was reported at 11:00 AM on 24 November 2019.
        • Currently there has been 105,000 hectares burnt.
        • The cause of the fire is lightning.
        • Shire of Esperance 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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Advice for western parts of BROOKHAMPTON in the SHIRE OF DONNYBROOK-BALINGUP

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of BROOKHAMPTON in the SHIRE OF DONNYBROOK-BALINGUP Content:

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

        Please note changes under What Fire Fighters Are Doing section


        Time of issue: 03:03 PM
        Date of issue: 29 December 2019


        Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of BROOKHAMPTON in the SHIRE OF DONNYBROOK-BALINGUP

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by South Western Highway to the west, Hackett Road to the north and Parsons Road to the south in BROOKHAMPTON in the SHIRE OF DONNYBROOK-BALINGUP.

        • There is no threat to lives or homes.
        • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
        • The fire is burning north of Parsons Road.

        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.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is stationary.
        • It is contained and under control.


        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        Roads have not been closed.

        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 DONNYBROOK-BALINGUP.


        WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

        • Firefighters are monitoring the area for the rest of the day/night..


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        • The fire was reported at 02:50 PM on 27 December 2019.


        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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Advice for south of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP.

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park Content:

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

        Please note changes throughout. Please refer to the map on Emergency WA for warning area boundaries


        Time of issue: 02:53 PM
        Date of issue: 29 December 2019


        Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and the northern parts of the CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area east of Stirling Range National Park and Chester Pass Road, west of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and north of Chillinup Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.

        • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
        • The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.
        • It is burning in an easterly direction.

        WHAT TO DO:

        • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
        • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
        • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
        • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
        • Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
        • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
        • If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.


        Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP, CRANBROOK PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and an area to the north bounded by Yetemerup Road, North Stirling Road, and Chester Pass Road, and an area to the south bounded by Chester Pass Road, Chillinup Road and Kojaneerup Spring Road, as well as an area north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Old Boundary Road and south of Boxwood Hill-Ongerup Road in the SHIRES OF CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP, PLANTAGENET and JERRAMUNGUP.

        • 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 of the Stirling Range National Park, east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP.

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area east of Chester Pass Road, south of Chillinup Road, north of Stirling School Road and South Coast Highway, as well as an area east of Borden and north of Boxwood Hill in the SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET, CITY OF ALBANY, JERRAMUNGUP AND GNOWANGERUP..

        • 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 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.


        • Firefighters are currently experiencing challenging and unfavourable firefighting conditions.  Winds are currently gusting at 60kmph. 


        SAFER PLACE:

        • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
        • The temporary evacuation centre at Gnowangerup Sports Complex – 10 Strathaven Road, Gnowangerup is now closed.
        • 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 Trip Road 
        • Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range national park)
        • Chesterpass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road
        • North Stirling Road west of Chesterpass 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 Chesterpass 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 ?

        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.

        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 has been sent to assist ground crews.


        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 hour unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Advice for western parts of HOPELAND and eastern parts of BALDIVIS and KARNUP in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE and CITY OF ROCKINGHAM

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of HOPELAND and eastern parts of BALDIVIS and KARNUP in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE and CITY OF ROCKINGHAM Content:

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

        Please note changes under WHAT FIRE FIGHTERS ARE DOING section


        Time of issue: 02:52 PM
        Date of issue: 29 December 2019


        Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of HOPELAND and eastern parts of BALDIVIS and KARNUP in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE and CITY OF ROCKINGHAM

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people bounded by Karnup Road, River Road, Wigg Road and Kwinana Freeway in western parts of HOPELAND and eastern parts of BALDIVIS and KARNUP in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE and CITY OF ROCKINGHAM.

        • 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 RIVER ROAD in HOPELAND.

        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 BEHAVIOUR:

        • It is contained and under control.


        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        Roads have not been closed.

        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 SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.


        WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

        • Firefighters are monitoring the area for the rest of the day/night..


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        • The fire was reported at 12:45 PM on 28 December 2019.
        • Currently there has been 4 hectares burnt.
        • Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale 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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


        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: 02:47 PM
        Date of issue: 29 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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


          END

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

          Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for western part of Cape Le Grand 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: 02:45 PM
          Date of issue: 29 December 2019


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

          ALERT LEVEL:

          A bushfire 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.

          • 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:

            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 BEHAVIOUR:

            • It is contained and under control.


            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.

            The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow 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 Coolgardie-Eperance Highway is now closed between Norseman and Coolgardie. Please note changes to Bush Fire Behaviour section


            Time of issue: 02:26 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.

            • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire has broken containment lines.
            • 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 is closed between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off.  
            • 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.

            Eyre Highway is open for travellers.

            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

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