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
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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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:
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.