The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Due to forecast hot weather, fire conditions are expected to worsen over the coming days.
Time of issue: 11:01 AM
Date of issue: 26 February 2019
Bushfire ADVICE for north western parts of the SALMON GUMS TOWNSITE and NORTH CASCADE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling along Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in north western parts of 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.
- Burning operations to contain the fire will likely result in an increase in smoke over the area.
- 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.
- 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.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are strengthening containment lines.
- Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.
- 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 will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.