The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Time of issue: 09:12 AM
Date of issue: 24 May 2018
Bushfire ADVICE for northern part of TORNDIRRUP National Park in CITY OF ALBANY
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Barrass Road near Torndirrup National Park in the City of Albany.
- 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 FRENCHMAN BAY RD and BOOLGANA CT in TORNDIRRUP.
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.
- 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.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
- Sharp Point Road within Torndirrup National Park has been closed.
- Bibbulmun Track has been closed between Frenchman Bay Road and Sandpatch including the shelters along the track.
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 ALBANY.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are strengthening containment lines.
- The fire was reported at 02:00 PM on 23 May 2018 and currently there has been 300 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is an escaped prescribed burn.
- Parks and Wildlife Service 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.