The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Please note changes throughout the alert
Time of issue: 01:32 PM
Date of issue: 23 January 2019
Bushfire ADVICE for Mount Walton Road in WALLAROO in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on Mount Walton Road (locally referred to as Health Road) in WALLAROO, north-west of Coolgardie, in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.
- 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 Mount Walton Road in WALLAROO.
- The fire is burning actively 35 kilometres south-east of the Carina Minesite, 10km north-east of Carina rail siding in WALLAROO.
- 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 stationary.
- It is uncontrolled.
- The fire is burning in inaccessible terrain.
- There are a number of bushfires burning in the area and there is smoke over Mount Walton Road (locally referred to as Health Road) between Coolgardie and Wallaroo.
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:
- Wallaroo Rock Road
- Wallaroo Rock Recreation site
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 Coolgardie.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are monitoring the situation.
- The fire was reported at 06:00 AM on 16 January 2019.
- Currently there has been 24,000 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is lightning.
- DFES is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.