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Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

There is no change to the previous alert

This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


Time of issue: 12:50 AM
Date of issue: 02 March 2019


Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west, and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The alert level for this fire remains at an Emergency Warning because fire behaviour in the area is unpredictable and conditions could change quickly.
  • The fire started near the intersection of Merivale Road and Exchange Road in HOWICK.
  • Crews will be on site overnight monitoring the fire.
WHAT TO DO:
  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
  • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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.
  • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

  • 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


SAFER PLACE:
  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre is closed.
  • Anyone requiring emergency accommodation should call the Department of Communities Crisis Care helpline on 1800 199 008.
  • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
  • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 9083 1533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

  • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
  • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
  • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


SAFEST ROUTE:
The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


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:

  • Merivale Road
  • Fisheries Road 
  • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

  • Alexander Bay 
  • Kennedy's Beach 
  • Cape Arid National Park

Other closures in the Shire of Esperance and Shire of Dundas include:

  • Cape Le Grand National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)
  • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
  • Frank Hann National Park
  • Peak Charles National Park
  • Dundas Nature Reserve

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
  • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


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.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
  • 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.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


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 hour unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

There is no change to the previous alert

This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


Time of issue: 11:50 PM
Date of issue: 01 March 2019


Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west, and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The alert level for this fire remains at an Emergency Warning because fire behaviour in the area is unpredictable and conditions could change quickly.
  • The fire started near the intersection of Merivale Road and Exchange Road in HOWICK.
  • Crews will be on site overnight monitoring the fire.
WHAT TO DO:
  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
  • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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.
  • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

  • 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


SAFER PLACE:
  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre is closed.
  • Anyone requiring emergency accommodation should call the Department of Communities Crisis Care helpline on 1800 199 008.
  • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
  • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 9083 1533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

  • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
  • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
  • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


SAFEST ROUTE:
The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


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:

  • Merivale Road
  • Fisheries Road 
  • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

  • Alexander Bay 
  • Kennedy's Beach 
  • Cape Arid National Park

Other closures in the Shire of Esperance and Shire of Dundas include:

  • Cape Le Grand National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)
  • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
  • Frank Hann National Park
  • Peak Charles National Park
  • Dundas Nature Reserve

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
  • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


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.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
  • 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.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


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 hour unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

There is no change to the previous alert

This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


Time of issue: 10:50 PM
Date of issue: 01 March 2019


Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west, and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The alert level for this fire remains at an Emergency Warning because fire behaviour in the area is unpredictable and conditions could change quickly.
  • The fire started near the intersection of Merivale Road and Exchange Road in HOWICK.
  • Crews will be on site overnight monitoring the fire.
WHAT TO DO:
  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
  • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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.
  • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

  • 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


SAFER PLACE:
  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre is closed.
  • Anyone requiring emergency accommodation should call the Department of Communities Crisis Care helpline on 1800 199 008.
  • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
  • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 9083 1533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

  • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
  • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
  • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


SAFEST ROUTE:
The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


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:

  • Merivale Road
  • Fisheries Road 
  • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

  • Alexander Bay 
  • Kennedy's Beach 
  • Cape Arid National Park

Other closures in the Shire of Esperance and Shire of Dundas include:

  • Cape Le Grand National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)
  • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
  • Frank Hann National Park
  • Peak Charles National Park
  • Dundas Nature Reserve

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
  • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


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.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
  • 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.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


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 hour unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note the temporary evacuation centre is closed.

This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


Time of issue: 09:50 PM
Date of issue: 01 March 2019


Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west, and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The alert level for this fire remains at an Emergency Warning because fire behaviour in the area is unpredictable and conditions could change quickly.
  • The fire started near the intersection of Merivale Road and Exchange Road in HOWICK.
  • Crews will be on site overnight monitoring the fire.
WHAT TO DO:
  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
  • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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.
  • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

  • 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


SAFER PLACE:
  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre is closed.
  • Anyone requiring emergency accommodation should call the Department of Communities Crisis Care helpline on 1800 199 008.
  • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
  • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 9083 1533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

  • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
  • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
  • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


SAFEST ROUTE:
The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


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:

  • Merivale Road
  • Fisheries Road 
  • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

  • Alexander Bay 
  • Kennedy's Beach 
  • Cape Arid National Park

Other closures in the Shire of Esperance and Shire of Dundas include:

  • Cape Le Grand National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)
  • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
  • Frank Hann National Park
  • Peak Charles National Park
  • Dundas Nature Reserve

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
  • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


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.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
  • 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.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


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 hour unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note the temporary evacuation centre is closed.

This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


Time of issue: 08:51 PM
Date of issue: 01 March 2019


Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west, and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The alert level for this fire remains at an Emergency Warning because fire behaviour in the area is unpredictable and conditions could change quickly.
  • The fire started near the intersection of Merivale Road and Exchange Road in HOWICK.
  • Crews will be on site overnight monitoring the fire.
WHAT TO DO:
  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
  • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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.
  • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

  • 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


SAFER PLACE:
  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre is closed.
  • Anyone requiring emergency accommodation should call the Department of Communities Crisis Care helpline on 1800 199 008.
  • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
  • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 9083 1533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

  • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
  • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
  • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


SAFEST ROUTE:
The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


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:

  • Merivale Road
  • Fisheries Road 
  • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

  • Alexander Bay 
  • Kennedy's Beach 
  • Cape Arid National Park

Other closures in the Shire of Esperance and Shire of Dundas include:

  • Cape Le Grand National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)
  • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
  • Frank Hann National Park
  • Peak Charles National Park
  • Dundas Nature Reserve

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
  • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


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.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
  • 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.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


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 hour unless the situation changes.


END

Bushfire Advice for north eastern parts of NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for north eastern parts of NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note changes under Bushfire Behaviour and Road Closures and Conditions


Time of issue: 07:56 PM
Date of issue: 01 March 2019


Bushfire ADVICE for north eastern parts of NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the north eastern parts of NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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:

    If driving

    • 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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • It is contained and under control.

    • The fire is burning within containment lines. 


    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:

    • Lake King-Norseman Road from Cascade Road to Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
    • Kumarl-Lake King Road from Lake King-Norseman Road to Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
       
    • Cascade Road has been reopened 

    Be aware of possible smoke over the road on Hyden-Norseman 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 Esperance.

    PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:
    • Frank Hann National Park 

    Other closures in Shire of Esperance:

    • Peak Charles National Park
    • Dundas Nature Reserve
    • Cape Arid National Park
    • Cape Le Grand National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)

    For more information visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/


    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.
    • Farm response units are also assisting at this fire.

      The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 01:59 PM on 20 February 2019.
    • Currently there has been 120,713 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.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for Parmango Road and Heywood Road in BURAMINYA in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Parmango Road and Heywood Road in BURAMINYA in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note changes under park closures


    Time of issue: 07:49 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for Parmango Road and Heywood Road in BURAMINYA in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Parmango Road and Heywood Road in BURAMINYA in 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.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • 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:

    • 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 Arid National Park has been closed, including the Thomas River Campsite. 

    Other closures in Shire of Esperance:

    • Peak Charles National Park
    • Frank Hann National Park
    • Dundas Nature Reserve
    • Cape Le Grand National Park (This will be reviewed 8am tomorrow, Saturday 2 March)


    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, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and WA Police are also in attendance.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 11:30 AM on 13 January 2019.
    • Currently there has been 142,531 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.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for the eastern part of CAPE LE GRAND in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for the western part of CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note Cape Le Grand National Park remains closed to new visitors. The closure will be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March.


    Time of issue: 07:46 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for the western part of CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near the western part of CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

    • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire conditions have improved.
    • 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 started near Mount Le Grand in Cape Le Grande National Park.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
    • It is advised that campers keep up to date with the current situation and relocate to the Lucky Bay Camp site or the townsite of Esperance if the way is clear.
    • If you were planning to visit the park you will need to make alternative plans. Please report to the Esperance Civic Centre as the Cape Le Grand National Park is now closed to new visitors.

    If driving

    • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
    • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
    • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for the eastern part of CAPE LE GRAND in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in the eastern part of CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

    • The bushfire is no longer impacting the community in this area.
    • Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • It is contained but not controlled.

    SAFER PLACE:
    • All campers currently within the National Park may continue camping at Lucky Bay. All other camp grounds are closed.
    • The Shire of Esperance has setup a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
    • There is additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
    • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats and dogs, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 90831533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground. 


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    If you are in Cape Le Grand National Park and you plan to leave, please leave via Lucky Bay Road and Cape Le Grand Road to the park exit.


    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:

    • Wylie Bay Beach Access at park boundary
    • Cape Le Grand Road at Merivale Road
    • Dunn Rock Road at Merivale 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 Esperance.

    PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:
    • Cape Le Grande National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)
    • Cape Arid National Park 
    • Hellfire Bay Day Camp 

    For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • DBCA Rangers are patrolling camp grounds within the vicinity and assisting campers in the optional relocation to alternative locations. Aerial support and ground crews are working to contain this fire.  

    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.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 07:05 AM on 1 March 2019.
    • 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.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for Savage Road in NERIDUP in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for Savage Road in NERIDUP in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note changes under Bushfire Behaviour and Road Closures and Conditions


    Time of issue: 07:33 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for Savage Road in NERIDUP in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Savage Road in NERIDUP 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 started near the intersection of Savage Road and Lanes Road in NERIDUP.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
    If driving
    • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
    • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
    • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is stationary.
    • It is contained and under control.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Roads have not been closed.

    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 Esperance.

    PARK AND RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
    • Cape Arid National Park
    • Frank Hann National Park
    • Peak Charles National Park
    • Dundas Nature Reserve
    • Cape Le Grand National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
    • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.

      The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 05:57 AM on 1 March 2019.
    • 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.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for WIDGIEMOOLTHA and the eastern part of VICTORIA ROCK in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for WIDGIEMOOLTHA and the eastern part of VICTORIA ROCK in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note changes under Bushfire Behaviour and What Firefighters Are Doing


    Time of issue: 07:29 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for WIDGIEMOOLTHA and the eastern part of VICTORIA ROCK in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by the Nepean-Scargoville Road to the north, Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to the east, including the townsite of Widgiemooltha, and bounded on the south and west by Cave Hill Road, including the Cave Hill Recreation Site and Burra Rock Nature Reserve and Conservation Site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

    • 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.
    • Smoke is impacting the Coolgardie Esperance Highway between Coolgardie and Widgiemooltha.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • 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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • 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:

    • Nepean-Spargoville Road
    • Burra Rocks Road
    • Victoria Rocks Road
    • Cave Hill 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 Coolgardie.

    PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:
    • Burra Rock Conservation Park
    • Cave Hill Conservation Park


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and patrolling the bushfire.
    • 38 Parks and Wildlife Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 04:59 PM on 15 February 2019.
    • Currently there has been 41,000 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 to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


    Time of issue: 07:29 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west, and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

    • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
    • The alert level for this fire remains at an Emergency Warning because fire behaviour in the area is unpredictable and conditions could change quickly.
    • The fire started near the intersection of Merivale Road and Exchange Road in HOWICK.
    • Crews will be on site overnight monitoring the fire.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
    • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
    • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
    • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
    • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
    • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


    Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

    • 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.
    • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • 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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


    The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

    All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


    SAFER PLACE:
    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • The Shire of Esperance has set up a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
    • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
    • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 90831533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

    PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

    • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
    • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
    • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


    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:

    • Merivale Road
    • Fisheries Road 
    • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

    PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

    All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

    • Alexander Bay 
    • Kennedy's Beach 
    • Cape Arid National Park

    Other closures in the Shire of Esperance include:

    • Cape Le Grand National Park (closure to be reviewed at 8am, Saturday 2 March)
    • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
    • Frank Hann National Park
    • Peak Charles National Park
    • Dundas Nature Reserve

    For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
    • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
    • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
    • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


    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.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.

    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


    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 hour unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    There is no change to the previous alert.

    This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


    Time of issue: 06:27 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west, and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

    • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
    • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to increased fire activity.
    • The fire started near the intersection of Merivale Road and Exchange Road in HOWICK.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
    • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
    • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
    • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
    • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
    • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


    Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

    • 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.
    • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
    • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
    • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

    If driving

    • 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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


    The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

    All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


    SAFER PLACE:
    • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
    • The Shire of Esperance has set up a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
    • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
    • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
    • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 90831533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

    PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

    • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
    • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
    • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


    SAFEST ROUTE:
    The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


    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:

    • Merivale Road
    • Fisheries Road 
    • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

    PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

    All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

    • Alexander Bay 
    • Kennedy's Beach 
    • Cape Arid National Park

    Other closures in the Shire of Esperance include:

    • Cape Le Grand National Park 
    • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
    • Frank Hann National Park
    • Peak Charles National Park
    • Dundas Nature Reserve

    For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
    • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
    • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
    • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


    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.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • DFES is managing the fire.

    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

    If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


    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 hour unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for eastern part of DUNDAS in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire All Clear issued for DUNDAS in SHIRE OF DUNDAS Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)


    Time of issue: 06:17 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for eastern part of DUNDAS in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people travelling on Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman in DUNDAS in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS. .

    • The bushfire that was burning in the eastern part of Dundas has been contained and is under control.
    • Firefighters will monitor the area .
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    No roads are closed.

    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 DUNDAS.

    PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES: :
    • Dundas Nature Reserve in the Shire of Dundas is currently closed.
     


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are monitoring the area.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 12:29 PM on 23 February 2019.
    • Currently there has been 116 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.
    No further updates will be issued.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for north western parts of the SALMON GUMS TOWNSITE and NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for north western parts of the SALMON GUMS TOWNSITE and NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note changes under Alert Level and throughout


    Time of issue: 06:11 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for north western parts of the SALMON GUMS TOWNSITE and NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people travelling along Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in the SALMON GUMS TOWNSITE and NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

    • The bushfire that was burning has been contained and is under control, and there is minimal fire activity in the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.


    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:

    • Lake King-Norseman Road from Cascade Road to Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
    • Kumarl-Lake King Road from Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to Lake King-Norseman Road

    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:

    Closures in the Salmon Gums townsite and North Cascade:

    • Peak Charles National Park

    Other closures in Shire of Esperance:

    • Frank Hann National Park
    • Dundas Nature Reserve
    • Cape Arid National Park
    • Cape Le Grand National Park


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are monitoring the situation.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 01:58 PM on 15 February 2019.
    • Currently there has been 8,000 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.
    No further updates will be issued.


    END

    Bushfire All Clear for Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in NORSEMAN, DUNDAS and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in NORSEMAN, DUNDAS and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)


    Time of issue: 06:11 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in NORSEMAN, DUNDAS and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people travelling on Coolgardie-Esperance Highway through NORSEMAN, DUNDAS and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE.

    • The bushfire that was burning near the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway has been contained and is under control.
    • Firefighters will monitor the area.
    • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
    WHAT TO DO:
    • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • It is contained and under control.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Roads have not been closed.

    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 your local Shire.

    PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

    Closures in Shire of Esperance:

    • Peak Charles National Park
    • Frank Hann National Park
    • Dundas Nature Reserve
    • Cape Arid National Park
    • Cape Le Grand National Park

    Closures in Shire of Dundas:

    • Dundas Nature Reserve

     


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are monitoring the situation.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 02:02 PM on 21 February 2019.
    • Currently there has been 13,400 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.
    No further updates will be issued.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for north eastern parts of NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for north eastern parts of NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

    Please note changes under bushfire behaviour and road closures


    Time of issue: 05:46 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for north eastern parts of NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the north eastern parts of NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

    • 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:

      If driving

      • 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.

      BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

      • It is contained and under control.

      The fire is burning within containment lines. 


      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:

      • Lake King-Norseman Road from Cascade Road to Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
      • Kumarl-Lake King Road from Lake King-Norseman Road to Coolgardie-Esperance Highway
         
      • Cascade Road has been reopened 

      Be aware of possible smoke over the road on Hyden-Norseman 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 Esperance.

      PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:
      • Frank Hann National Park 

      Other closures in Shire of Esperance:

      • Peak Charles National Park
      • Dundas Nature Reserve
      • Cape Arid National Park
      • Cape Le Grand National Park

      For more information visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/


      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 are also assisting at this fire.

        The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 01:59 PM on 20 February 2019.
      • Currently there has been 120,713 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.


      END

      Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

      There is no change to the previous alert.

      This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


      Time of issue: 05:27 PM
      Date of issue: 01 March 2019


      Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west, and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

      • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
      • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to increased fire activity.
      • The fire started near the intersection of MERIVALE RD and EXCHANGE RD in HOWICK.
      WHAT TO DO:
      • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
      • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
      • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
      • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
      • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
      • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


      Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA and CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

      • 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.
      • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
      WHAT TO DO:
      • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
      • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
      • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
      • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
      • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

      If driving

      • 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.

      BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


      The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

      All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


      SAFER PLACE:
      • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
      • The Shire of Esperance has set up a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
      • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
      • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
      • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 90831533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

      PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

      • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
      • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
      • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


      SAFEST ROUTE:
      The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


      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:

      • Merivale Road
      • Fisheries Road 
      • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

      PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

      All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

      • Alexander Bay 
      • Kennedy's Beach 
      • Cape Arid National Park

      Other closures in the Shire of Esperance include:

      • Cape Le Grand National Park 
      • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
      • Frank Hann National Park
      • Peak Charles National Park
      • Dundas Nature Reserve

      For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


      WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

      • Firefighters are on the scene.
      • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
      • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
      • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
      • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


      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.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
      • The cause of the fire is lightning.
      • DFES is managing the fire.

      IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

      If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


      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 hour unless the situation changes.


      END

      Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

      Please note the advice area has been clarified.

      This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


      Time of issue: 04:28 PM
      Date of issue: 01 March 2019


      Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

      • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
      • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to increased fire activity.
      • The fire started near the intersection of MERIVALE RD and EXCHANGE RD in HOWICK.
      WHAT TO DO:
      • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
      • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
      • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
      • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
      • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
      • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


      Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

      • 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.
      • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
      WHAT TO DO:
      • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
      • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
      • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
      • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
      • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

      If driving

      • 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.

      BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


      The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

      All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


      SAFER PLACE:
      • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
      • The Shire of Esperance has set up a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
      • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
      • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
      • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 90831533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

      PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

      • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
      • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
      • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


      SAFEST ROUTE:
      The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


      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:

      • Merivale Road
      • Fisheries Road 
      • Balladonia 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 Esperance.

      PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

      All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

      • Alexander Bay 
      • Kennedy's Beach 
      • Cape Arid National Park

      Other closures in the Shire of Esperance include:

      • Cape Le Grand National Park 
      • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
      • Frank Hann National Park
      • Peak Charles National Park
      • Dundas Nature Reserve

      For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


      WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

      • Firefighters are on the scene.
      • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
      • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
      • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
      • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


      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.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
      • The cause of the fire is lightning.
      • DFES is managing the fire.

      IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

      If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


      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 hour unless the situation changes.


      END

      Bushfire Advice for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire Emergency Warning issued for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

      Please note changes throughout. This combined alert now incorporates previous WATCH AND ACT for parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK and BEAUMONT in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE (now downgraded to an ADVICE) and the ADVICE for the western parts of CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK. There are multiple fires burning in the area.

      This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.


      Time of issue: 03:49 PM
      Date of issue: 01 March 2019


      Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

      • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
      • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to increased fire activity.
      • The fire started near the intersection of MERIVALE RD and EXCHANGE RD in HOWICK.
      WHAT TO DO:
      • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
      • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
      • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
      • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
      • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
      • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


      Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

      • 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.
      • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant.
      WHAT TO DO:
      • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
      • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
      • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
      • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
      • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

      If driving

      • 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.

      BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:


      The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

      All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


      SAFER PLACE:
      • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
      • The Shire of Esperance has set up a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
      • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
      • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
      • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats and dogs, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 90831533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground.

      PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

      • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
      • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
      • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.


      SAFEST ROUTE:
      The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


      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:

      • Merivale Road
      • Fisheries Road 
      • Balladonia 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 SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

      PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

      All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

      • Alexander Bay 
      • Kennedy's Beach 
      • Cape Arid National Park

      Other closures in the Shire of Esperance include:

      • Cape Le Grand National Park 
      • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
      • Frank Hann National Park
      • Peak Charles National Park
      • Dundas Nature Reserve

      For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


      WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

      • Firefighters are on the scene.
      • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
      • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
      • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
      • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police are also in attendance. 


      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.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
      • The cause of the fire is lightning.
      • DFES is managing the fire.

      IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

      If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://register.redcross.org.au/ 


      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 hour unless the situation changes.


      END

      Bushfire Advice for eastern part of DUNDAS in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of DUNDAS in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS Content:

      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: 03:47 PM
      Date of issue: 01 March 2019


      Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of DUNDAS in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Salmon Gums and Norseman in DUNDAS in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.

      • 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 started near Lake Dundas in DUNDAS.
      WHAT TO DO:

        If driving

        • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
        • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
        • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • It is contained and under control.

        The fire is stationary.


        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

        No roads are closed.

        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 DUNDAS.

        PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES: :
        • Dundas Nature Reserve in the Shire of Dundas is currently closed.
         


        WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

        • Firefighters are strengthening containment lines.
        • Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services firefighters are attending.
        • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance and WA Police are also in attendance.


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        • The fire was reported at 12:29 PM on 23 February 2019.
        • Currently there has been 116 hectares burnt.
        • ABC local frequencies that can be heard in the Esperance area and surrounds: 837 AM (Esperance), 105.3 FM (Hopetoun) and 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.


        END

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