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: 10:49 AM
Date of issue: 16 September 2018
Bushfire ADVICE for Port Warrender Road on the MITCHELL PLATEAU in the SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling in the vicinity of Port Warrender Road on the MITCHELL PLATEAU in the SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY.
- 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 Port Warrender Road in MITCHELL PLATEAU.
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 slowly in a south easterly direction.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads and attractions have been closed including:
- Port Warrender Road from Mitchell Plateau airstrip to Walsh Point
- Surveyors Pool
The following roads have been reopened:
- Port Warrender Road from the Kalumburu turnoff to Mitchell Plateau airstrip through to the Mitchell Falls.
The Mitchell Falls access road remains open.
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 Wyndham-East Kimberley.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are monitoring the situation.
- The fire was reported at 12:08 PM on 3 September 2018.
- The cause of the fire is suspicious.
- People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
- 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.