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Bushfire Advice for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

Please note no changes to previous alert


Time of issue: 10:47 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road to the south, Styles Road and Plunkett Road to the west and Circle Valley Road to the north, in parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
Head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service 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 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

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


END

Bushfire Advice for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE Content:

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

Please see changes throughout the Alert


Time of issue: 10:45 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Salmon Gums, the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Dundas, Norseman, Higginsville, North Cascade, including the Norseman townsite, Higginsville mine site, Peak Charles National Park and Fraser Range in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and 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.

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 changes.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is not contained and not controlled.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

ROADS OPEN:

  • Eyre Highway between Norseman and the WA/SA border 
  • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
  • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite 
  • Be aware there are still fires in the area so keep up to date in case the situation changes.

SAFETY:

  • Firefighters and road workers are still working on and near the Eyre Highway. Please consider their safety and slow down as you approach them.
  • A reduced speed limit will be in place at Balladonia, and other locations as required. 

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

  • 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. Balladonia Eastern Boundary starts approximately 60 kilometres east of the Balladonia Roadhouse off the Eyre Highway
  • Lake King-Norseman Road
  • Peak Charles Road.

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 alternate 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, COOLGARDIE or ESPERANCE.

HEALTH:

FIRST AID POSTS

  • St John Ambulance have established a first aid post at Norseman.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
    • Firefighters will continue to burn large unburnt pockets which will produce significant smoke and may be visible throughout the day.
    • Firefighters will monitor this situation but if you see active flames, please contact Emergency Services.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 311,105 hectares burnt.
  • Multi-agency incident management team is providing support for this fire. The 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 lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device.

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.

The Disaster Response Hotline has been opened to receive calls for assistance. The number is 1800 032 965.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

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



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


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of HOPELAND, OLDBURY, MARDELLA, SERPENTINE, BALDIVIS and WELLARD in the CITY OF KWINANA, CITY OF ROCKINGHAM and SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for parts of HOPELAND, OLDBURY, MARDELLA, SERPENTINE, BALDIVIS and WELLARD in the CITY OF KWINANA, CITY OF ROCKINGHAM and SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE Content:

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

Please see changes under What Firefighters Are Doing section


Time of issue: 10:09 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of HOPELAND, OLDBURY, MARDELLA, SERPENTINE, BALDIVIS and WELLARD in the CITY OF KWINANA, CITY OF ROCKINGHAM and SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Mortimer Road and Gossage Road to the north, Kwinana Freeway to the west, Karnup Road to the south, and Kargotich Road to the east, but not including the Freeway, in parts of HOPELAND, OLDBURY, MARDELLA, SERPENTINE, BALDIVIS and WELLARD in the CITY OF KWINANA, CITY OF ROCKINGHAM and SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.

  • 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 the intersection of KARNUP RD and YOUNG RD in BALDIVIS.

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:

  • It is contained and under control.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have not been closed.

Be cautious when driving as fences have been damaged and livestock may be on the 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 CITY OF ROCKINGHAM.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are patrolling the area, mopping up and extinguishing flare ups.
  • 15 Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Firefighters have saved 350 homes in the area.
  • State Emergency Services and Local Government are also in attendance.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • 2 sheds have been lost.
  • The fire was reported at 12:02 PM on 9 January 2020.
  • Currently there has been 1,330 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is accidental.
  • 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 will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

Please note changes to Watch and Act warning area and What Firefighters Are Doing section


Time of issue: 08:55 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road to the south, Styles Road and Plunkett Road to the west and Circle Valley Road to the north, in parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
Head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service 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 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

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


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS 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: 06:35 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road and Logan Road to the south, Styles Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the west and Salmon Gums East Road to the north, including the Salmon Gums townsite, in parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
Head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

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


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS 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: 04:49 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road and Logan Road to the south, Styles Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the west and Salmon Gums East Road to the north, including the Salmon Gums townsite, in parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
Head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

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


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS 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: 02:55 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road and Logan Road to the south, Styles Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the west and Salmon Gums East Road to the north, including the Salmon Gums townsite, in parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
Head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

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


END

Bushfire Advice for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE Content:

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

Eyre Highway and the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway reopened on Friday 10 January with some speed restrictions in place. Motorists are urged to drive with care and ensure they have adequate fuel, food and water stocks. Please see changes to the Warning Area.


Time of issue: 01:00 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Salmon Gums, the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Dundas, Norseman, Higginsville, North Cascade, including the Norseman townsite, Higginsville mine site, Peak Charles National Park and Fraser Range in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and 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.

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 changes.

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 not contained and not controlled.


The bushfire is currently moving slowly in a southerly direction, however winds are expected to change in the early evening to a strong southerly as the trough moves through.  This will push the fire in a northerly direction.

A number of large unburnt pockets are producing significant smoke which will be visible throughout the day.  Firefighters are monitoring the situation, but if you see active flames, please contact emergency services.

 


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

ROADS OPEN:

  • Eyre Highway between Norseman and the WA/SA border 
  • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
  • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite 
  • Be aware there are still fires in the area so keep up to date in case the situation changes.

SAFETY:

  • Plan your journey and ensure you have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • Drive safely and manage fatigue levels by planning regular stops and keeping hydrated. 
  • Rest points may be congested.  If so, consider stopping earlier or move on to the next one if you have sufficient fuel. 
  • The Eyre Highway is a key transport route so drivers should delay their departure if their journey is not essential to avoid delays and congestion. 
  • Drivers are asked to be patient and courteous as there is expected to be significant traffic movement including trucks, cars and caravans. 
  • Be aware of fire and emergency service personnel and vehicles working on or near the roads. 
  • A reduced speed limit will be in place at Balladonia, and other locations as required. 
  • Beware of animals which have moved near the Highways to escape the fires.  Animals can react unexpectedly and create a safety hazard for motorists.
  • Firefighters and road workers are still working on and near the Eyre Highway. Please consider their safety and slow down as you approach them.

ROADHOUSES:

  • All roadhouses on the Eyre Highway have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • No accommodation is available at Balladonia and Fraser Range Station. There is limited accommodation at Norseman. 

QUARANTINE:

  • The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development will be onsite conducting quarantine checks of all vehicles crossing the border into Western Australia from South Australia.
  • Inspections will be carried out on all vehicles, so expect delays. Drivers are asked to be patient and follow instructions given.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

  • 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. Balladonia Eastern Boundary starts approximately 60 kilometres east of the Balladonia Roadhouse off the Eyre Highway
  • Lake King-Norseman Road
  • Peak Charles Road.

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 alternate 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, COOLGARDIE or ESPERANCE.

HEALTH:

FIRST AID POSTS

  • St John Ambulance have established a first aid post at Norseman.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 311,105 hectares burnt.
  • Multi-agency incident management team is providing support for this fire. The 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 lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device.

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.

The Disaster Response Hotline has been opened to receive calls for assistance. The number is 1800 032 965.


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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS 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: 12:55 AM
Date of issue: 13 January 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road and Logan Road to the south, Styles Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the west and Salmon Gums East Road to the north, including the Salmon Gums townsite, in parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
Head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

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


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

Please note this Alert has been downgraded to a Watch and Act


Time of issue: 10:57 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road and Logan Road to the south, Styles Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the west and Salmon Gums East Road to the north, including the Salmon Gums townsite, in parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
Head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

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


END

Bushfire Advice for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE Content:

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

Eyre Highway and the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway reopened on Friday 10 January with some speed restrictions in place. Motorists are urged to drive with care and ensure they have adequate fuel, food and water stocks. Please see changes to the Warning Area.


Time of issue: 10:06 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Salmon Gums, the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Dundas, Norseman, Higginsville, North Cascade, including the Norseman townsite, Higginsville mine site, Peak Charles National Park and Fraser Range in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and 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.

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 changes.

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 not contained and not controlled.


The bushfire is currently moving slowly in a southerly direction, however winds are expected to change in the early evening to a strong southerly as the trough moves through.  This will push the fire in a northerly direction.

A number of large unburnt pockets are producing significant smoke which will be visible throughout the day.  Firefighters are monitoring the situation, but if you see active flames, please contact emergency services.

 


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

ROADS OPEN:

  • Eyre Highway between Norseman and the WA/SA border 
  • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
  • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite 
  • Be aware there are still fires in the area so keep up to date in case the situation changes.

SAFETY:

  • Plan your journey and ensure you have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • Drive safely and manage fatigue levels by planning regular stops and keeping hydrated. 
  • Rest points may be congested.  If so, consider stopping earlier or move on to the next one if you have sufficient fuel. 
  • The Eyre Highway is a key transport route so drivers should delay their departure if their journey is not essential to avoid delays and congestion. 
  • Drivers are asked to be patient and courteous as there is expected to be significant traffic movement including trucks, cars and caravans. 
  • Be aware of fire and emergency service personnel and vehicles working on or near the roads. 
  • A reduced speed limit will be in place at Balladonia, and other locations as required. 
  • Beware of animals which have moved near the Highways to escape the fires.  Animals can react unexpectedly and create a safety hazard for motorists.
  • Firefighters and road workers are still working on and near the Eyre Highway. Please consider their safety and slow down as you approach them.

ROADHOUSES:

  • All roadhouses on the Eyre Highway have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • No accommodation is available at Balladonia and Fraser Range Station. There is limited accommodation at Norseman. 

QUARANTINE:

  • The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development will be onsite conducting quarantine checks of all vehicles crossing the border into Western Australia from South Australia.
  • Inspections will be carried out on all vehicles, so expect delays. Drivers are asked to be patient and follow instructions given.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

  • 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. Balladonia Eastern Boundary starts approximately 60 kilometres east of the Balladonia Roadhouse off the Eyre Highway
  • Lake King-Norseman Road
  • Peak Charles Road.

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 alternate 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, COOLGARDIE or ESPERANCE.

HEALTH:

FIRST AID POSTS

  • St John Ambulance have established a first aid post at Norseman.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 311,105 hectares burnt.
  • Multi-agency incident management team is providing support for this fire. The 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 lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device.

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.

The Disaster Response Hotline has been opened to receive calls for assistance. The number is 1800 032 965.


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 Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE Content:

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

Eyre Highway and the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway reopened on Friday 10 January with some speed restrictions in place. Motorists are urged to drive with care and ensure they have adequate fuel, food and water stocks. Please see changes to the Warning Area.


Time of issue: 09:43 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Salmon Gums, the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Dundas, Norseman, Higginsville, North Cascade, including the Norseman townsite, Higginsville mine site, Peak Charles National Park and Fraser Range in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and 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.

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 changes.

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 not contained and not controlled.


The bushfire is currently moving slowly in a southerly direction, however winds are expected to change in the early evening to a strong southerly as the trough moves through.  This will push the fire in a northerly direction.

A number of large unburnt pockets are producing significant smoke which will be visible throughout the day.  Firefighters are monitoring the situation, but if you see active flames, please contact emergency services.

 


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

ROADS OPEN:

  • Eyre Highway between Norseman and the WA/SA border 
  • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
  • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite 
  • Be aware there are still fires in the area so keep up to date in case the situation changes.

SAFETY:

  • Plan your journey and ensure you have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • Drive safely and manage fatigue levels by planning regular stops and keeping hydrated. 
  • Rest points may be congested.  If so, consider stopping earlier or move on to the next one if you have sufficient fuel. 
  • The Eyre Highway is a key transport route so drivers should delay their departure if their journey is not essential to avoid delays and congestion. 
  • Drivers are asked to be patient and courteous as there is expected to be significant traffic movement including trucks, cars and caravans. 
  • Be aware of fire and emergency service personnel and vehicles working on or near the roads. 
  • A reduced speed limit will be in place at Balladonia, and other locations as required. 
  • Beware of animals which have moved near the Highways to escape the fires.  Animals can react unexpectedly and create a safety hazard for motorists.
  • Firefighters and road workers are still working on and near the Eyre Highway. Please consider their safety and slow down as you approach them.

ROADHOUSES:

  • All roadhouses on the Eyre Highway have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • No accommodation is available at Balladonia and Fraser Range Station. There is limited accommodation at Norseman. 

QUARANTINE:

  • The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development will be onsite conducting quarantine checks of all vehicles crossing the border into Western Australia from South Australia.
  • Inspections will be carried out on all vehicles, so expect delays. Drivers are asked to be patient and follow instructions given.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

  • 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. Balladonia Eastern Boundary starts approximately 60 kilometres east of the Balladonia Roadhouse off the Eyre Highway
  • Lake King-Norseman Road
  • Peak Charles Road.

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 alternate 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, COOLGARDIE or ESPERANCE.

HEALTH:

FIRST AID POSTS

  • St John Ambulance have established a first aid post at Norseman.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 311,105 hectares burnt.
  • Multi-agency incident management team is providing support for this fire. The 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 lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device.

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.

The Disaster Response Hotline has been opened to receive calls for assistance. The number is 1800 032 965.


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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of GRASS PATCH in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

This alert has been upgraded to an Emergency Warning


Time of issue: 09:07 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of GRASS PATCH in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road to the south, Styles Road and Plunkett Road to the west, and Circle Valley Road to the north in parts of GRASS PATCH in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire is travelling north towards homes.

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 parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the west, Logan Road to the south, Plunkett Road to the east and Salmon Gums East Road to the north, including the Salmon Gums townsite, in parts of GRASS PATCH and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 fast in a north westerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
If you live in the Emergency Warning or Watch and Act area, head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • State Emergency Services 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 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE Content:

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

Eyre Highway and the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway reopened on Friday 10 January with some speed restrictions in place. Motorists are urged to drive with care and ensure they have adequate fuel, food and water stocks. Please see changes to the Warning Area.


Time of issue: 08:03 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Salmon Gums, the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Dundas, Norseman, Higginsville, North Cascade, including the Norseman townsite, Higginsville mine site, Peak Charles National Park and Fraser Range in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and 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.

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 changes.

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 not contained and not controlled.


The bushfire is currently moving slowly in a southerly direction, however winds are expected to change in the early evening to a strong southerly as the trough moves through.  This will push the fire in a northerly direction.

A number of large unburnt pockets are producing significant smoke which will be visible throughout the day.  Firefighters are monitoring the situation, but if you see active flames, please contact emergency services.

 


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

ROADS OPEN:

  • Eyre Highway between Norseman and the WA/SA border 
  • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
  • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite 
  • Be aware there are still fires in the area so keep up to date in case the situation changes.

SAFETY:

  • Plan your journey and ensure you have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • Drive safely and manage fatigue levels by planning regular stops and keeping hydrated. 
  • Rest points may be congested.  If so, consider stopping earlier or move on to the next one if you have sufficient fuel. 
  • The Eyre Highway is a key transport route so drivers should delay their departure if their journey is not essential to avoid delays and congestion. 
  • Drivers are asked to be patient and courteous as there is expected to be significant traffic movement including trucks, cars and caravans. 
  • Be aware of fire and emergency service personnel and vehicles working on or near the roads. 
  • A reduced speed limit will be in place at Balladonia, and other locations as required. 
  • Beware of animals which have moved near the Highways to escape the fires.  Animals can react unexpectedly and create a safety hazard for motorists.
  • Firefighters and road workers are still working on and near the Eyre Highway. Please consider their safety and slow down as you approach them.

ROADHOUSES:

  • All roadhouses on the Eyre Highway have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • No accommodation is available at Balladonia and Fraser Range Station. There is limited accommodation at Norseman. 

QUARANTINE:

  • The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development will be onsite conducting quarantine checks of all vehicles crossing the border into Western Australia from South Australia.
  • Inspections will be carried out on all vehicles, so expect delays. Drivers are asked to be patient and follow instructions given.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

  • 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. Balladonia Eastern Boundary starts approximately 60 kilometres east of the Balladonia Roadhouse off the Eyre Highway
  • Lake King-Norseman Road
  • Peak Charles Road.

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 alternate 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, COOLGARDIE or ESPERANCE.

HEALTH:

FIRST AID POSTS

  • St John Ambulance have established a first aid post at Norseman.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 311,105 hectares burnt.
  • Multi-agency incident management team is providing support for this fire. The 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 lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device.

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.

The Disaster Response Hotline has been opened to receive calls for assistance. The number is 1800 032 965.


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 Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE Content:

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

Eyre Highway and the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway reopened on Friday 10 January with some speed restrictions in place. Motorists are urged to drive with care and ensure they have adequate fuel, food and water stocks. Please see changes to the Warning Area.


Time of issue: 07:58 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Salmon Gums, the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Dundas, Norseman, Higginsville, North Cascade, including the Norseman townsite, Higginsville mine site, Peak Charles National Park and Fraser Range in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and 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.

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 changes.

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 not contained and not controlled.


The bushfire is currently moving slowly in a southerly direction, however winds are expected to change in the early evening to a strong southerly as the trough moves through.  This will push the fire in a northerly direction.

A number of large unburnt pockets are producing significant smoke which will be visible throughout the day.  Firefighters are monitoring the situation, but if you see active flames, please contact emergency services.

 


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

ROADS OPEN:

  • Eyre Highway between Norseman and the WA/SA border 
  • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
  • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite 
  • Be aware there are still fires in the area so keep up to date in case the situation changes.

SAFETY:

  • Plan your journey and ensure you have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • Drive safely and manage fatigue levels by planning regular stops and keeping hydrated. 
  • Rest points may be congested.  If so, consider stopping earlier or move on to the next one if you have sufficient fuel. 
  • The Eyre Highway is a key transport route so drivers should delay their departure if their journey is not essential to avoid delays and congestion. 
  • Drivers are asked to be patient and courteous as there is expected to be significant traffic movement including trucks, cars and caravans. 
  • Be aware of fire and emergency service personnel and vehicles working on or near the roads. 
  • A reduced speed limit will be in place at Balladonia, and other locations as required. 
  • Beware of animals which have moved near the Highways to escape the fires.  Animals can react unexpectedly and create a safety hazard for motorists.
  • Firefighters and road workers are still working on and near the Eyre Highway. Please consider their safety and slow down as you approach them.

ROADHOUSES:

  • All roadhouses on the Eyre Highway have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • No accommodation is available at Balladonia and Fraser Range Station. There is limited accommodation at Norseman. 

QUARANTINE:

  • The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development will be onsite conducting quarantine checks of all vehicles crossing the border into Western Australia from South Australia.
  • Inspections will be carried out on all vehicles, so expect delays. Drivers are asked to be patient and follow instructions given.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

  • 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. Balladonia Eastern Boundary starts approximately 60 kilometres east of the Balladonia Roadhouse off the Eyre Highway
  • Lake King-Norseman Road
  • Peak Charles Road.

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 alternate 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, COOLGARDIE or ESPERANCE.

HEALTH:

FIRST AID POSTS

  • St John Ambulance have established a first aid post at Norseman.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 311,105 hectares burnt.
  • Multi-agency incident management team is providing support for this fire. The 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 lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device.

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.

The Disaster Response Hotline has been opened to receive calls for assistance. The number is 1800 032 965.


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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of of Grass Patch in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

This alert has been upgraded to an Emergency Warning


Time of issue: 07:48 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of of Grass Patch in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Logan Road to the south, Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the west and Circle Valley Road to the north in parts of of Grass Patch in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire is travelling north towards homes.

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 parts of Grass Patch and Salmon Gums in the Shire of Esperance

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Circle Valley Road to the south, Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the west and the Salmon Gums townsite to the north in parts of Grass Patch and Salmon Gums in the Shire of Esperance .

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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 parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
If you live in the Emergency Warning or Watch and Act area, head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be 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.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • State Emergency Services 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 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

This alert has been downgraded.


Time of issue: 05:43 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY 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.

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 controlled but not contained.


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • State Emergency Services 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 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.


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Bushfire Advice for western parts of KENWICK in CITY OF GOSNELLS

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of KENWICK in CITY OF GOSNELLS Content:

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


Time of issue: 05:34 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of KENWICK in CITY OF GOSNELLS

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Bickley Road, Victoria Road, Tonkin Highway and Brentwood Road in KENWICK in the CITY OF GOSNELLS.

  • 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 BICKLEY RD in KENWICK.

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.


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 CITY OF GOSNELLS.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire and building containment lines.
  • Career Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service 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 04:18 PM on 12 January 2020.
  • The cause of the fire is suspicious/deliberately lit.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • 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.


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Bushfire Watch and Act for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

Please note no changes since previous alert. This alert remains at a Watch and Act level as firefighters are expecting challenging weather conditions today and fire activity may increase.


Time of issue: 04:12 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of WITTENOOM HILLS AND MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of WITTENOOM HILLS and MOUNT RIDLEY in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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.


  • This alert remains at a Watch and Act level as firefighters are expecting challenging weather conditions today and fire activity may increase. 


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 ESPERANCE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • State Emergency Services 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 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • 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.

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


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Bushfire Advice for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE Content:

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

Eyre Highway and the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway reopened on Friday 10 January with some speed restrictions in place. Motorists are urged to drive with care and ensure they have adequate fuel, food and water stocks. Please see changes below under the Fire Behaviour section.


Time of issue: 03:50 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for Salmon Gums including the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Buraminya, North Cascade, Norseman, Higginsville in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Salmon Gums, the southern part of the Dundas Nature Reserve, Dundas, Norseman, Higginsville, North Cascade, including the Norseman townsite, Higginsville mine site, Peak Charles National Park and Fraser Range in the SHIRES OF COOLGARDIE, DUNDAS and 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.

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 changes.

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 not contained and not controlled.


The bushfire is currently moving slowly in a southerly direction, however winds are expected to change in the early evening to a strong southerly as the trough moves through.  This will push the fire in a northerly direction.

A number of large unburnt pockets are producing significant smoke which will be visible throughout the day.  Firefighters are monitoring the situation, but if you see active flames, please contact emergency services.

 


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

ROADS OPEN:

  • Eyre Highway between Norseman and the WA/SA border 
  • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
  • Hyden-Norseman Road between Marvel-Lock Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite 
  • Be aware there are still fires in the area so keep up to date in case the situation changes.

SAFETY:

  • Plan your journey and ensure you have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • Drive safely and manage fatigue levels by planning regular stops and keeping hydrated. 
  • Rest points may be congested.  If so, consider stopping earlier or move on to the next one if you have sufficient fuel. 
  • The Eyre Highway is a key transport route so drivers should delay their departure if their journey is not essential to avoid delays and congestion. 
  • Drivers are asked to be patient and courteous as there is expected to be significant traffic movement including trucks, cars and caravans. 
  • Be aware of fire and emergency service personnel and vehicles working on or near the roads. 
  • A reduced speed limit will be in place at Balladonia, and other locations as required. 
  • Beware of animals which have moved near the Highways to escape the fires.  Animals can react unexpectedly and create a safety hazard for motorists.
  • Firefighters and road workers are still working on and near the Eyre Highway. Please consider their safety and slow down as you approach them.

ROADHOUSES:

  • All roadhouses on the Eyre Highway have adequate fuel, food and water.
  • No accommodation is available at Balladonia and Fraser Range Station. There is limited accommodation at Norseman. 

QUARANTINE:

  • The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development will be onsite conducting quarantine checks of all vehicles crossing the border into Western Australia from South Australia.
  • Inspections will be carried out on all vehicles, so expect delays. Drivers are asked to be patient and follow instructions given.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

  • 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. Balladonia Eastern Boundary starts approximately 60 kilometres east of the Balladonia Roadhouse off the Eyre Highway
  • Lake King-Norseman Road
  • Peak Charles Road.

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 alternate 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, COOLGARDIE or ESPERANCE.

HEALTH:

FIRST AID POSTS

  • St John Ambulance have established a first aid post at Norseman.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 311,105 hectares burnt.
  • Multi-agency incident management team is providing support for this fire. The 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 lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device.

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.

The Disaster Response Hotline has been opened to receive calls for assistance. The number is 1800 032 965.


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.


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