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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 What Firefighters are Doing and Road Closure sections


Time of issue: 03:26 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.
  • Burning operations to contain the fire will likely result in smoke over the area.
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:

    • The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.
    • 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:

    • 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

    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 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 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 north western parts of the SALMON GUMS TOWNSITE and NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE 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 What Firefighters are Doing sections


    Time of issue: 03:19 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


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

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling along Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in the SALMON GUMS TOWNSITE and 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.
    • The fire started near the intersection of Lake King-Norseman Road and Kumarl-Lake King Road in North Cascade.
    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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is moving in a northerly direction.
    • It is contained and under control.


    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

    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:

    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 strengthening containment lines.
    • 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 01:58 PM on 15 February 2019.
    • Currently there has been 8,000 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 Savage Road in NERIDUP in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

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

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

    Please note changes under What Firefighters are Doing sections


    Time of issue: 03:12 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for Savage Road in NERIDUP in 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 RD and LANES RD 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 moving in a north easterly direction.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
    Some roads may be 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 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


    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 Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in NORSEMAN, DUNDAS and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and ESPERANCE

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE 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)

    Please note changes under What Firefighters are Doing section


    Time of issue: 03:04 PM
    Date of issue: 01 March 2019


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

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on Coolgardie-Esperance Highway through NORSEMAN, DUNDAS and SALMON GUMS in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and 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:

      • The bushfire is moving in a north westerly direction.
      • It is contained and under control.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

      Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

      Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting 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 strengthening containment lines.
      • 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 02:02 PM on 21 February 2019.
      • Currently there has been 13,400 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)

      There is no change to the previous alert


      Time of issue: 03:03 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.

      SCHOOLS:
      The Department of Education has advised the following school is closed today (Friday 1 March):
      • Condingup Primary School
      For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au. 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


      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.
      • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
      • Local farme 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 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 additional information under Bushfire Behaviour


      Time of issue: 02:39 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 moving slowly in a northerly direction.
      • 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 actively patrolling the fire and are focused on containing the fire along the northern, western and southern edges.
      • 38 Parks and Wildlife Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.
      • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

      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 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 western parts of NORSEMAN in SHIRE OF DUNDAS

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of NORSEMAN in SHIRE OF DUNDAS Content:

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

      Please note changes under what firefighters are doing


      Time of issue: 02:29 PM
      Date of issue: 01 March 2019


      Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of NORSEMAN in SHIRE OF DUNDAS

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Hyden-Norseman Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in western parts of NORSEMAN in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.

      • There is no threat to lives or homes.
      • There is a lot of smoke in the area.
      • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
      • The fire is burning between Hyden-Norseman Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.
      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:

        • The bushfire is stationary.
        • It is contained but not controlled.


        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 SHIRE OF DUNDAS.

        PARK AND RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
        • Dundas Nature Reserve is closed


        WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

        • Firefighters are strengthening containment lines.


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        • The fire was reported at 12:42 PM on 15 February 2019.
        • Currently there has been 5,500 hectares burnt.
        • Shire of DUNDAS 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 Emergency Warning for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

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

        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: 02:14 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 BEHAVIOUR:

        • It is out of control and unpredictable.

        SAFER PLACE:
        • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
        • 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.

        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 

        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
        • 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.
        • Career Fire and Rescue Service, 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 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 Watch and Act for CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for 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 no change to previous alert. Cape Le Grand National Park is closed, new visitors may not enter the park.


        Time of issue: 02:04 PM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in or near CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK east of Esperance in the Shire of Esperance.

        • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area.
        • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
        • The fire is burning near Mount Le Grand within the Cape Le Grand National Park.
        WHAT TO DO:
        • It is advised that Campers keep up to date with the current situation and relocate to the Lucky Bay Camp site or the town site of Esperance if the way is clear. 
        • If you were planning to visit the park you will need to make alternative plans as the Cape Le Grand National Park is now closed to new visitors.

        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.

        If you chose to leave, the Shire of Esperance has setup a temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.

        • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

         


        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 SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

        SCHOOLS:
        The Department of Education has advised the following school is closed today (Friday 1 March).
        • Condingup Primary School
        For more information contact your school directly or visit education.wa.edu.au PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES: :
        • Cape Le Grande National Park 
        • 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.
        Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Emergency Warning for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

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

        A Telephone Warning Message has been issued to residents of Boyatup for this fire. Please note there has been a change to the warning areas.

        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: 01:28 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 BEHAVIOUR:

        • It is out of control and unpredictable.

        SAFER PLACE:
        • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
        • 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.

        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 

        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
        • 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.
        • Career Fire and Rescue Service, 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 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.

        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 Watch and Act for parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK and BEAUMONT in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK and BEAUMONT in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

        Please note changes to warning area. The Telephone Warning that was issued for Boyatup is not for this fire but for a separate Emergency Warning.


        Time of issue: 01:12 PM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK and BEAUMONT in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in or near Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and Balladonia Road and surrounding areas in parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK and BEAUMONT in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

        • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
        WHAT TO DO:
        • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
        • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
        • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
        • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is stationary.
        • It is contained but not controlled.

        Whilst the fire is contained, there are still pockets of active fire within the 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:

        • Fisheries Road from the intersection of Henkes Road
        • Fisheries Road is open to local traffic only from the Coolinup Road intersection
        • Merivale 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.

        SCHOOLS:

        The Department of Education has advised the following school is closed today (Friday 1 March).

        • Condingup Primary School

        For more information contact your school directly or visit education.wa.edu.au

        PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

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

        • Thomas River Campsite in Cape Arid National Park
        • Cape Arid National Park (direct result of fire)
        • Cape Le Grand National Park 

        Other closures in the Shire of Esperance:

        • Peak Charles National Park
        • Frank Hann 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 strengthening containment lines.
        • Career Fire and Rescue Service, 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 and WA Police are also in attendance.


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        • The fire was reported at 12:46 AM on 24 February 2019.
        • Currently there has been 18,200 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.
        Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Emergency Warning for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

        A Telephone Warning Message will be issued for this fire. Please note changes under Evacuation Centre and Safest Route sections.

        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: 12:39 PM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Merivale Road to the north, Thomas River Road in Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south and Alexander Road to the west.

        • 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 BEHAVIOUR:

        • It is out of control and unpredictable.

        SAFER PLACE:
        • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
        • 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.

        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

        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
        • 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.
        • Career Fire and Rescue Service, 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 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.

        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 Watch and Act for CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for 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 changes throughout alert. Cape Le Grand National Park is now closed, new visitors may not enter the park.


        Time of issue: 12:25 PM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in or near CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK east of Esperance in the Shire of Esperance.

        • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area.
        • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
        • The fire is burning near Mount Le Grand within the Cape Le Grand National Park.
        WHAT TO DO:
        • It is advised that Campers keep up to date with the current situation and relocate to the Lucky Bay Camp site or the town site of Esperance if the way is clear. 
        • If you were planning to visit the park you will need to make alternative plans as the Cape Le Grand National Park is now closed to new visitors.

        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.

        If you chose to leave, the Shire of Esperance has setup a temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.

        • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

         


        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 SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

        SCHOOLS:
        The Department of Education has advised the following school is closed today (Friday 1 March).
        • Condingup Primary School
        For more information contact your school directly or visit education.wa.edu.au PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES: :
        • Cape Le Grande National Park 
        • 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.
        Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Watch and Act for parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK, BEAUMONT and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK, BEAUMONT 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


        Time of issue: 12:14 PM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK, BEAUMONT and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in or near Tagon Road, Shao Lu Road, Orleans Road, Henkes Road, Muntz Road, Grewar Road, Merivale Road, Fisheries Road and Balladonia Road and surrounding areas in parts of BOYATUP, HOWICK, BEAUMONT and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

        • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
        WHAT TO DO:
        • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
        • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
        • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
        • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

        BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

        • The bushfire is stationary.
        • It is contained but not controlled.

        Whilst the fire is contained, there are still pockets of active fire within the 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:

        • Fisheries Road from the intersection of Henkes Road
        • Fisheries Road is open to local traffic only from the Coolinup Road intersection
        • Merivale 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.

        SCHOOLS:

        The Department of Education has advised the following school is closed today (Friday 1 March).

        • Condingup Primary School

        For more information contact your school directly or visit education.wa.edu.au

        PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:
        • Thomas River Campsite in Cape Arid National Park
        • Cape Arid National Park (direct result of fire)
        • Cape Le Grand National Park 

        Other closures in the Shire of Esperance:

        • Peak Charles National Park
        • Frank Hann National Park
        • Dundas Nature Reserve


        WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

        • Firefighters are strengthening containment lines.
        • Career Fire and Rescue Service, 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 and WA Police are also in attendance.


        EXTRA INFORMATION:

        • The fire was reported at 12:46 AM on 24 February 2019.
        • Currently there has been 18,200 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.
        Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Emergency Warning for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

        A Telephone Warning Message will be issued for this fire.

        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: 11:58 AM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Merivale Road to the north, Thomas River Road in Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south and Alexander Road to the west.

        • 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 BEHAVIOUR:

        • It is out of control and unpredictable.

        SAFER PLACE:
        • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
        • The Shire of Esperance has setup a temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
        • There is additional camping areas available next to the Esperance Recreation Centre. 
        • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

        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.


        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

        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
        • Cape Le Grand National Park 


        WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

        • Firefighters are on the scene.
        • Career Fire and Rescue Service, 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 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.

        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 Watch and Act for CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for 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 changes throughout alert. Cape Le Grand National Park is now closed, new visitors may not enter the park.


        Time of issue: 11:53 AM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in or near CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK east of Esperance in the Shire of Esperance.

        • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area.
        • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
        • The fire is burning near Mount Le Grand within the Cape Le Grand National Park.
        WHAT TO DO:
        • It is advised that Campers keep up to date with the current situation and relocate to the Lucky Bay Camp site or the town site of Esperance if the way is clear. 
        • If you were planning to visit the park you will need to make alternative plans as the Cape Le Grand National Park is now closed to new visitors.

        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.

        If you chose to leave, the Shire of Esperance has setup a temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.

        • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

         


        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 SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

        SCHOOLS:
        The Department of Education has advised the following school is closed today (Friday 1 March).
        • Condingup Primary School
        For more information contact your school directly or visit education.wa.edu.au PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES: :
        • Cape Le Grande National Park 
        • 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.
        Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Advice for Savage Road in NERIDUP in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

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

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

        N/A This is a new alert


        Time of issue: 11:27 AM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire ADVICE for Savage Road in NERIDUP in 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 RD and LANES RD 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 moving in a north easterly direction.
        • It is out of control and unpredictable.


        ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
        Some roads may be 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 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


        WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

        • Firefighters are on the scene.


        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 will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


        END

        Bushfire Advice for western parts of NORSEMAN in SHIRE OF DUNDAS

        Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of NORSEMAN in 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: 11:14 AM
        Date of issue: 01 March 2019


        Bushfire ADVICE for western parts of NORSEMAN in SHIRE OF DUNDAS

        ALERT LEVEL:

        A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Hyden-Norseman Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in western parts of NORSEMAN in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS.

        • There is no threat to lives or homes.
        • There is a lot of smoke in the area.
        • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
        • The fire is burning between Hyden-Norseman Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.
        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:

          • The bushfire is stationary.
          • It is contained but not controlled.


          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 SHIRE OF DUNDAS.

          PARK AND RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
          • Dundas Nature Reserve is closed


          WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

          • Firefighters are monitoring the situation.


          EXTRA INFORMATION:

          • The fire was reported at 12:42 PM on 15 February 2019.
          • Currently there has been 5,500 hectares burnt.
          • Shire of DUNDAS is managing the fire.

          KEEP UP TO DATE:

          Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
          The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


          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: 10:51 AM
          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 will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


            END

            Bushfire Watch and Act for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

            Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE Content:

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

            This is a new alert


            Time of issue: 10:45 AM
            Date of issue: 01 March 2019


            Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HOWICK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

            ALERT LEVEL:

            A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Merivale Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south and Alexander Road to the west.

            • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
            • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
            • The fire started near the intersection of MERIVALE RD and EXCHANGE RD in HOWICK.
            WHAT TO DO:
            • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
            • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
            • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
            • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

            BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

            • It is out of control and unpredictable.

            SAFER PLACE:
            • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
            • The Shire of Esperance has setup a temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
            • There is additional camping areas available next he the Esperance Recreation Centre. 
            • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

            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.


            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

            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
            • Cape Le Grand National Park 


            WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

            • Firefighters are on the scene.
            • Career Fire and Rescue Service, 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.

            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.

            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 two hours unless the situation changes.


            END

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