The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Drones are a major safety risk to firefighting personnel and hinder firefighting efforts. Do not fly drones in this area. Please note there is no change to the previous alert.
Time of issue: 06:14 PM
Date of issue: 04 March 2019
Bushfire ADVICE for Parmango Road and Heywood Road in BURAMINYA in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Parmango Road and Heywood Road in BURAMINYA in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.
- 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 is burning in unallocated crown land in proximity of the northern side of Parmango Road.
- Burning operations to contain the fire will likely result in smoke over the area.
- Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
- Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames
Smoke may be visible north of the Beaumont area for approximately 100 kilometres south of Fraser Range Station and 150 kilometres northeast of Esperance. The smoke may continue for days to come.
- It is contained on the southern and western flanks and there is minimal fire activity.
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:
- Parmango/Balladonia Road is closed from the end of farming land to Eyre Highway (no through access).
- Telegraph Track from Norseman to Balladonia.
- Fisheries Road from the intersection of Henkes Road.
- Fisheries Road is open to local traffic only from the Coolinup Road intersection.
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 Esperance.PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:
Cape Le Grand National Park is open to day visitors and new campers with existing bookings for Lucky Bay only. All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include:
- Alexander Bay
- Kennedy's Beach
- Cape Arid National Park
- Hellfire Bay Day-Use Area
- Frank Hann National Park
- Peak Charles National Park
- Dundas Nature Reserve
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are strengthening containment lines.
- Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
Local farm response units, the Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance and WA Police are also in attendance.
Aerial support is in the area.
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 11:30 AM on 13 January 2019.
- Currently there has been 149,572 hectares burnt.
- ABC local frequencies that can be heard in the Esperance area and surrounds: 837 AM (Esperance), 105.3 FM (Hopetoun), 105.9 FM (Ravensthorpe).
- 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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.