The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
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Time of issue: 09:24 AM
Date of issue: 17 October 2018
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for people at Thangoo Homestead, Barn Hill Station and Eco Beach, and surrounding areas in the SHIRE OF BROOME
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people at Thangoo Homestead, Barn Hill Station and Eco Beach in the area bordering Roebuck Plains Station and Shamrock Station in the SHIRE OF BROOME.
- 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 – act immediately, do not wait and see.
- The fire started near Dampier Downs Road in Gingerah.
- The fire is burning towards Great Northern Highway.
WHAT TO DO:
- If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
- It is not safe to stay and actively defend, your best chance for survival is to leave 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.
- 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 fast in a westerly direction at 6 kilometres per hour.
- It is out of control and unpredictable.
- Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting up to 1000 metres ahead of the fire.
- This means Thangoo Homestead, Barn Hill Station, Eco Beach and people travelling on Great Northern Highway may be threatened by fire.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads are closed including:
- Great Northern Highway between Roebuck Plains Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse
- Dampier Downs 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 Broome.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire, strengthening containment lines and building fire breaks.
- Approximately 16 firefighters including volunteers from Broome VFRS, Broome BFB and Broome SES are on scene.
- Local pastoralists, ranger groups, DBCA firefighters and DFES staff are also assisting.
- Crews are actively backburning from Great Northern Highway.
- The fire was reported at 05:24 AM on 11 October 2018 and currently there has been 500,000 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.
Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.