The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Please note changes throughout alert
Time of issue: 10:06 AM
Date of issue: 11 December 2019
Bushfire ADVICE for western part of STIRLING RANGE NATIONAL PARK in SHIRES OF CRANBROOK AND PLANTAGENET
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range Drive and Red Gum Pass Road in the western part of STIRLING RANGE NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRES CRANBROOK AND PLANTAGENET.
- 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 in STIRLING RANGE NATIONAL PARK
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 stationary.
- It is contained but not controlled.
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:
- Red Gum Pass Road
- Stirling Range Drive
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 SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET.
PARK/ RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
The western part of Stirling Range National Park west of Chester Pass Road is closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are continuing to patrol containment lines and are mopping up.
- 20 Parks and Wildlife Service, DFES, Volunteer Bushfire Brigades firefighters are attending.
- Aerial support is assisting ground crews.
- 100 per cent of the planned containment has burnt out.
There is a lot of smoke in the area as a result of backburning operations in the park.
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.
- The fire was reported at 07:11 PM on 6 December 2019.
- Currently there has been 3997 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is lightning.
- Parks and Wildlife Service 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.