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: 02:50 PM
Date of issue: 16 January 2020
Bushfire ADVICE for EYRE HIGHWAY including BALLADONIA ROADHOUSE, BALLADONIA HOMESTEAD and south to WATTLE CAMP in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people near the Balladonia Roadhouse on the Eyre Highway and surrounding areas including Point Culver, Wattle Camp, and Buraminya in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE.
- 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 started near BALLADONIA.
- There is a moderate amount of smoke in the area.
WHAT TO DO:
- Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
- Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
- Read through your bushfire survival plan.
- If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
- Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
- Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
- Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
- The bushfire is stationary.
- It is contained but not controlled.
Following scattered rain, firefighters are monitoring the fire from the air.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
- Eyre Highway between Norseman and the WA/SA border
- Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
- Be aware there are still fires in the area so keep up to date in case the situation changes.
- Firefighters are still working on and near the Eyre Highway. Please consider their safety and slow down as you approach them.
- 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
- Old Telegraph Track between Coolgardie-Esperance Highway and Eyre Highway
- Balladonia Eastern Boundary Track to Point Culver
People are urged to stop taking back tracks and unsealed roads in an endeavour to avoid road closures. We recommend that you do not rely on mapping applications to find alternative routes as they may be inaccurate and unsafe.
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 continuing to strengthen containment lines and are monitoring the situation.
- Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
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.
- The fire was reported at 02:39 PM on 20 December 2019.
- Currently there has been 217,029 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is lightning.
- 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.