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
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.
- Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
- Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
- Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
- If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
- If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
- The bushfire is moving slowly in a 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.
- 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.
- 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.