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: 04:04 AM
Date of issue: 17 November 2018
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for people between Shay Gap Road and De Grey River in the SHIRE OF EAST PILBARA and the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people east of the De Grey River including De Grey Station, Pardoo Station, Goldsworthy, Shay Gap, Warralong Community and Yarrie Mine Camp in the SHIRE OF EAST PILBARA and the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND.
- There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
- You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
- The fire is burning along Great Northern Highway.
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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
- Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
Bushfire ADVICE for PARDOO ROADHOUSE, WALLAL DOWNS STATION in the SHIRE OF BROOME and Bushfire ADVICE for the area west of the De Grey River, including MARBLE BAR in the SHIRE OF EAST PILBARA and the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people on or near WALLAL DOWNS STATION in the SHIRE OF BROOME and the area bounded by Marble Bar Road, the De Grey River and Ripon Island, including MARBLE BAR in the SHIRE OF EAST PILBARA and the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND.
- 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:
- 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 fast in a north westerly direction.
- It is out of control and unpredictable.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:
- Great Northern Highway in both directions from Marble Bar Road to Sandfire Roadhouse.
- Boreline Road.
- Cape Keraudren 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Broome or Shire of East Pilbara.
Pardoo Roadhouse and Cape Keraudren Caravan Park are closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
- Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, local pastoralists, DFES and Parks and Wildlife firefighters are attending.
Broome SES are also attending.
- The fire was reported at 07:25 PM on 4 November 2018.
- Currently there has been 1,335,398 hectares burnt.
- DFES is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.