The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Please note changes throughout alert
Time of issue: 08:56 AM
Date of issue: 12 April 2019
Bushfire ADVICE for the southern part of LEEUWIN in SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.
- 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 CAPE LEEUWIN LIGHTHOUSE
WHAT TO DO:
- 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 fast in a westerly direction.
- It is contained but not controlled.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
Please note the following site and access road is closed:
- Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
- Leeuwin Drive from the corner of Scenic Drive to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
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 SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and building containment lines.
- 20 Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
- Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
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 09:49 PM on 11 April 2019.
- Currently there has been 15 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is unknown.
- 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.