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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.


END

Bushfire Advice for EYRE HIGHWAY including BALLADONIA ROADHOUSE, CAIGUNA, BALLADONIA HOMESTEAD and south to ISRAELITE BAY in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for EYRE HIGHWAY including BALLADONIA ROADHOUSE, CAIGUNA, BALLADONIA HOMESTEAD and south to ISRAELITE BAY in the SHIRES OF 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 sections.


Time of issue: 03:44 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for EYRE HIGHWAY including BALLADONIA ROADHOUSE, CAIGUNA, BALLADONIA HOMESTEAD and south to ISRAELITE BAY in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people near the Balladonia Roadhouse on the Eyre Highway and surrounding areas including Caiguna, Point Culver, Israelite Bay, and Buraminya in the SHIRES OF 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.
  • The fire started near BALLADONIA.

WHAT TO DO:

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

If driving

  • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  • If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
  • If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving slowly in a southerly direction.
  • It is 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.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
ROADS OPEN:

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

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.

HEALTH:

FIRST AID POSTS

  • St John Ambulance has established a first aid post at Prinsep Street, Norseman.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines.
  • 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.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 02:39 PM on 20 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 217,029 hectares burnt.
  • A multi-agency incident management team is providing support for the fire. 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 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 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: 03:18 PM
Date of issue: 12 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 strengthening containment lines and mopping up.
  • 60 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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


END

Cyclone All Clear for Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay in the Kimberley Content:

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

Please note the cyclone danger has now passed


Time of issue: 03:02 PM
Date of issue: 12 January 2020


Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay in the Kimberley

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities from Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay following the passing.
The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • It is now safe to return home.
  • If returning, take care on the roads, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
  • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
  • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.

 



CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 12 January 2020 02:00 PM:

 

Tropical Cyclone Claudia, Category 2, is located well to the north of Broome.

Claudia is expected to slowly intensify over the next 24 hours, and could reach Category 3 intensity on Monday. Claudia will continue to track west-southwest over the coming days, remaining over open waters, well north of the Pilbara early next week. Gales and Heavy Rainfall are no longer expected over mainland Australia. Strong winds are likely for coastal waters off the West Kimberley Coast [refer Marine Wind Warning IDW20100].

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available www.bom.gov.au/cyclone

 

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have been closed including:

  • Broome - Cape Leveque Road (to all vehicles)

Please reduce speed and exercise extreme caution. 


    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.
    • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      • For SES assistance call 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000
      • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
      • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

      KEEP UP TO DATE:
      Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
      No further updates will be issued

      END

    Bushfire 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: 02:35 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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • This means the fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.


    • 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.


    END

    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: 12:46 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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.
    • This means the fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.


    • 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.


    END

    Cyclone All Clear for Mitchell Plateau to Kuri Bay, not including Kuri Bay

    Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay, not including Derby in the Kimberley Content:

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

    Please note changes under cyclone warning area and cyclone details.


    Time of issue: 12:23 PM
    Date of issue: 12 January 2020


    Cyclone BLUE ALERT for Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay, not including Derby in the Kimberley

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    A BLUE ALERT is current for people communities from Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay, not including Derby in the Kimberley.
    Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises:

    • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
    • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
    • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.

    CYCLONE WARNING is current for people Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay.
    You should review your family cyclone plan and the community alerts system, and make sure everyone knows what to do.


    Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Mitchell Plateau to Kuri Bay, not including Kuri Bay in the Kimberley

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities from Mitchell Plateau to Kuri Bay, not including Kuri Bay following the passing.
    The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises:

    • It is now safe to return home.
    • If returning, take care on the roads, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
    • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
    • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
    • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.

     



    CYCLONE DETAILS:
    As at 12 January 2020 11:00 AM:

    Tropical Cyclone Claudia, category 2, is located to the northwest of Kuri Bay.
    Claudia is expected to slowly intensify over the next 24 hours, and could reach category 3 intensity on Monday. Claudia will continue to track west-southwest over the coming days, remaining over open waters, well north of the Pilbara early next week.

    Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal parts between Kuri Bay and Beagle Bay during Sunday. Gales are not expected to extend inland and there is no risk of gales at Derby.

    Heavy Rainfall is also possible around the north Kimberley coast and the the northwest Kimberley coast during Sunday.

    A map showing the track of the cyclone is available www.bom.gov.au/cyclone

     

    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Roads have been closed including:

    • Broome - Cape Leveque Road (to all vehicles)

    Please reduce speed and exercise extreme caution. 


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • DFES is monitoring the situation.
      • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

        • For SES assistance call 132 500
        • In a life threatening situation call 000
        • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
        • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

        KEEP UP TO DATE:
        Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
        Updates will be provided when the situation changes

        END

      Flood - Take Care for Pilbara

      Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Pilbara districts Content:

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

      Please note changes under BOM details section and warning level


      Time of issue: 11:42 AM
      Date of issue: 12 January 2020

      Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Pilbara districts.
      People in De Grey River Catchment should take care after rising water levels in local rivers and streams.
      The Bureau of Meteorology advises the Flood Warning has been cancelled for De Grey River Catchment .
      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises you to

      • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to act.
      • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
      • Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
      • With water moving quickly people need to take care near rivers and streams, this includes when swimming or kayaking.
      IF DRIVING:
      • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
      • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current. Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.

      ROAD CLOSURES:;

      Roads have been closed including:

      • Marble Bar Road is closed between Great Northern Highway Intersection (Port Hedland) and Newman.
      • Marble Bar Road is closed between Newman townsite and 17km north of Newman at the High Rise.
      • Ripon Hills Road is closed between Marble Bar Road turnoff and Telfer Road turnoff.

       

      The following roads are open but extreme caution is advised due to water over the road:

      • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Newman Dr (Newman) and Kumarina Roadhouse. Be alert and watch for water over road and debris.


      Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire. 

      FLOOD DETAILS:


      As at 12/01/2020 10:58:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises Heavy rainfall from Ex Tropical Cyclone Blake resulted in areas of flooding throughout the De Grey river catchment. Flooding has adversely impacted road conditions particularly at floodways resulting in multiple road closures, while flooding subsides roads may still be impacted for some time.In the 24 hours to 9am Sunday rainfall totals recorded in the De Grey catchment were around 10-15 mm.


      Oakover River:

      The Oakover River at Ripon Hills Road peaked at the moderate flood level (5.0 metres) last Friday. The river is still above the minor flood level (1.5 metres) and falling slowly.

      Nullagine River:

      The Nullagine River at Nullagine peaked at  3.5 metres (moderate flood level

      3.0 metres) around midday last Thursday. The river is now just above the minor flood level (0.8 metres) and is falling slowly.

      The Nullagine River at Tumbinna Pool had an initial peak at 5.4 metres (major flood level 4.0 metres) around 11am last Thursday. The river is now just above the minor flood level (1.5 metres) and is falling slowly.

      Coongan River: 

      The Coongan River at Marble Bar peaked at 6.2 metres (major flood level 3.5 metres) around 1 pm last Thursday. The river is now near the minor flood level (1.0 metres) and is falling slowly.

      The Coongan River at Marble Bar Road Crossing peaked at 5.45 metres around 7am last Thursday  (major flood level 4.5 metres). The river is near the minor flood level (2.0 metres) and is falling slowly.

      Shaw River:

      No further flooding is expected in the Shaw River. 

      De Grey River:

      Minor flooding is occurring along the De Grey River.

      The De Grey River at Coolenar Pool peaked at 7.69 metres Friday morning 10 January and is currently at 5.50 metres and falling. Minor flooding at Coolenar Pool is expected to cease during Sunday and into Monday.


      Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au.
      For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • DFES is monitoring the situation.
      • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

        • For SES assistance call 132 500.
        • In a life threatening situation call 000.
        • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.


        KEEP UP TO DATE:
        Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter:https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook:https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
        No further updates will be issued.
        END

      Bushfire Advice for EYRE HIGHWAY including BALLADONIA ROADHOUSE, CAIGUNA, BALLADONIA HOMESTEAD and south to ISRAELITE BAY in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for EYRE HIGHWAY including BALLADONIA ROADHOUSE, CAIGUNA, BALLADONIA HOMESTEAD and south to ISRAELITE BAY in the SHIRES OF 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 Road Closures and What Firefighters Are Doing sections.


      Time of issue: 10:56 AM
      Date of issue: 12 January 2020


      Bushfire ADVICE for EYRE HIGHWAY including BALLADONIA ROADHOUSE, CAIGUNA, BALLADONIA HOMESTEAD and south to ISRAELITE BAY in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people near the Balladonia Roadhouse on the Eyre Highway and surrounding areas including Caiguna, Point Culver, Israelite Bay, and Buraminya in the SHIRES OF 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.
      • The fire started near BALLADONIA.

      WHAT TO DO:

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

      If driving

      • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
      • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
      • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
      • If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
      • If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

      BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

      • The bushfire is moving slowly in a southerly direction.
      • It is not contained and not controlled.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
      ROADS OPEN:

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

      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.

      HEALTH:

      FIRST AID POSTS

      • St John Ambulance has established a first aid post at Prinsep Street, Norseman.


      WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

      • Firefighters are Firefighters are on the scene and will continue to build new and strengthen existing containment lines..
      • 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.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 02:39 PM on 20 December 2019.
      • Currently there has been 217,029 hectares burnt.
      • A multi-agency incident management team is providing support for the fire- 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 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 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: 10:51 AM
      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.

      BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

      • The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
      • It is out of control and unpredictable.
      • This means the fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.


      • 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.


      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 below under Road Closures and What Firefighters Are Doing sections.


      Time of issue: 10:50 AM
      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.


      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 maybe 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 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 and Road Closure sections


      Time of issue: 10:37 AM
      Date of issue: 12 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 strengthening containment lines and mopping up.
      • 80 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

      Flood - Take Care for Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne, Great Southern

      Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne, Great Southern districts. Content:

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


      Time of issue: 10:07 AM
      Date of issue: 12 January 2020

      Take care after rising water levels in rivers and streams in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne, Great Southern districts.
      People in Salt Lakes District Rivers should take care after rising water levels in local rivers and streams.
      The Bureau of Meteorology advises the Flood Warning has been cancelled for Salt Lakes District Rivers.
      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises you to

      • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to act.
      • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
      • Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
      • With water moving quickly people need to take care near rivers and streams, this includes when swimming or kayaking.
      IF DRIVING:
      • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
      • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current. Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.

      ROAD CLOSURES:;

      Roads have been closed due to flooding including:

      • Great Central Road in both directions between Laverton and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku boundary.


      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 local shire.

      FLOOD DETAILS:


      As at 12/01/2020 09:50:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises flooding are no longer expected in the Salt Lakes District. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Blake has weakened over the western Interior into a trough. In the 24 hours to 9am Sunday, no significant rainfall totals have been recorded in the Salt Lakes District. No significant rainfall is forecast for the next 24 hours in the Salt Lake District Rivers.


      Salt Lakes District Rivers:
      No further flooding is expected in the Salt Lakes District, however recent rain could still be adversely affecting road conditions particularly at road crossings and floodways.

       


      Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au.
      For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • DFES is monitoring the situation.
      • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

        • For SES assistance call 132 500.
        • In a life threatening situation call 000.
        • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.


        KEEP UP TO DATE:
        Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter:https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook:https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
        No further updates will be issued.
        END

      Cyclone All Clear for Wyndham to Mitchell Plateau, not including Mitchell Plateau

      Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for Mitchell Plateau to Beagle Bay, not including Derby, in the Kimberley Content:

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

      Please note changes to Cyclone Details, Warning Area and All Clear


      Time of issue: 09:20 AM
      Date of issue: 12 January 2020


      Cyclone BLUE ALERT for Mitchell Plateau to Beagle Bay, not including Derby, in the Kimberley

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      A BLUE ALERT is current for people communities from Mitchell Plateau to Beagle Bay, not including Derby in the Kimberley.
      Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:

      • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
      • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
      • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.

      CYCLONE WARNING is current for people Mitchell Plateau to Beagle Bay.
      You should review your family cyclone plan and the community alerts system, and make sure everyone knows what to do.


      Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Wyndham to Mitchell Plateau, not including Mitchell Plateau in the Kimberley

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities from Wyndham to Mitchell Plateau, not including Mitchell Plateau following the passing.
      The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:

      • It is now safe to return home.
      • If returning, take care on the roads, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
      • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
      • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
      • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.

       



      CYCLONE DETAILS:
      As at 12 January 2020 08:00 AM:

      Tropical Cyclone Claudia is located to the north of Kuri Bay and has intensified into a category 2 system. Claudia is expected to slowly intensify over the next 24 hours, and could reach category 3 intensity on Monday. Claudia will continue to track west-southwest over the coming days, remaining over open waters, well north of the Pilbara early next week.

      GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal parts between Mitchell Plateau and Kuri Bay Sunday. There is also the potential for gales to then extend to Beagle Bay during Sunday night. Gales are not expected to extend inland and there is no risk of gales at Derby.

      HEAVY RAINFALL is also possible around the north Kimberley coast and the the northwest Kimberley coast during Sunday.

      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Roads have been closed including:

      • Broome - Cape Leveque Road (unsealed section, both directions) to light & heavy vehicles above 4tonnes.  

      Please reduce speed and exercise extreme caution. 


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

        • DFES is monitoring the situation.
        • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500
          • In a life threatening situation call 000
          • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
          • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

          KEEP UP TO DATE:
          Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
          Updates will be provided when the situation changes

          END

        Bushfire 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: 08:49 AM
        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.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
        • It is out of control and unpredictable.
        • This means the fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.


        • 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.
        • 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

        Cyclone All Clear for Kalumburu to Mitchell Plateau

        Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for Kalumburu to Cape Leveque, not including Kalumburu and not including Derby, in the Kimberley Content:

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

        Please note changes to Cyclone Details, Warning Area and All Clear


        Time of issue: 07:05 AM
        Date of issue: 12 January 2020


        Cyclone BLUE ALERT for Kalumburu to Cape Leveque, not including Kalumburu and not including Derby, in the Kimberley

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        A BLUE ALERT is current for people in communities from Kalumburu to Cape Leveque, not including Kalumburu and Derby, in the Kimberley.
        Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
        • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
        • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.

        CYCLONE WARNING is current for people Mitchell Plateau to Beagle Bay.
        You should review your family cyclone plan and the community alerts system, and make sure everyone knows what to do.


        Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Kalumburu to Mitchell Plateau in the Kimberley

        COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
        An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in communities from Kalumburu to Mitchell Plateau following the passing.
        The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

        WHAT TO DO:
        DFES advises:

        • It is now safe to return home.
        • If returning, take care on the roads, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
        • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
        • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
        • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.

         



        CYCLONE DETAILS:
        As at 12 January 2020 05:00 AM:

        Tropical Cyclone Claudia is located to the north of Kuri Bay. The system is expected to strengthen further and increase in speed as it passes to the northwest of the Kimberley on Sunday, before continuing on a generally west to southwest track over open waters, well north of the Pilbara early next week

        GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal parts between Mitchell Plateau and Kuri Bay Sunday. There is also the potential for gales to then extend to Beagle Bay during Sunday night if the system takes a more southerly track. Gales are not expected to extend inland and there is no risk of gales at Derby.

        HEAVY RAINFALL is also possible around the northwest Kimberley coast during Sunday.

        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        Some roads may be closed and motorists are asked to reduce speed and drive carefully. Road information may also be available by contacting your local Shire or visiting their website. 


        WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

        • DFES is monitoring the situation.
        • IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

          • For SES assistance call 132 500
          • In a life threatening situation call 000
          • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
          • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

          KEEP UP TO DATE:
          Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
          Updates will be provided when the situation changes

          END

        Bushfire 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 changes under What Friefighters are Doing and Bushfire Behaviour sections. 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: 06:46 AM
        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.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
        • It is out of control and unpredictable.
        • This means the fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.


        • 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.
        • 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 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)

        There is no change to the previous alert


        Time of issue: 04:44 AM
        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.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is moving slowly in a westerly direction.
        • It is out of control and unpredictable.
        • This means the fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.


        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.


        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 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)

        There is no change to the previous alert


        Time of issue: 02:45 AM
        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.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is moving slowly in a westerly direction.
        • It is out of control and unpredictable.
        • This means the fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.


        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.


        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 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)

        There is no change to the previous alert


        Time of issue: 12:45 AM
        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.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is moving slowly in a westerly direction.
        • It is out of control and unpredictable.
        • This means the fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.


        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.


        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

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