The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Please note this alert has been downgraded
Time of issue: 04:52 PM
Date of issue: 06 June 2019
Bushfire ADVICE for Vasse Plantation, 22km south-west of Busselton in SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Vasse Plantation, 22km south-west of Busselton in SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER.
- The alert level for this fire has been downgraded due to rainfall in the area.
- 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.
- 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 southerly direction.
- It is not contained.
An evacuation centre has been set up at the Geographe Leisure Centre (Corner Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Recreation Lane, West Busselton).
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
The following roads are closed:
- Cundinup West Road and Cundinup South Road
- Vasse Highway between Sues Road and Cundinup South Road
- Mowen Road between Sues Road and Vasse Highway
- Sues Road between Mowen Road and Brockman Highway
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 CITY OF BUSSELTON.
The Munda Biddi Trail is closed between Nannup townsite and the intersection of Claymore and Lidel Road.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
- Parks and Wildlife Service, DFES, Forest Products Commission and volunteer bushfire brigades firefighters are attending.
DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.
- The fire was reported at 08:00 AM on 6 June 2019.
- Currently there has been 30 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is an escape from pine harvest debris burns. The most recent ignition was 22 May 2019.
- 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.