Posted: 26 November, 2016

Bushfire ADVICE: East of Mount Barker

Issued: 3:10pm

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the eastern part of Mt Barker in the Shire of Plantagenet.

  • 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 PORONGURUP RD and SOUNNESS ST in MOUNT BARKER.

  • It is burning in bush land east of the Mt Barker townsite

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.

If driving

  • 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • It is contained and under control.

  • There are a number of spot fires in the area.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 

Roads have not been closed.

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 PLANTAGENET.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.

  • 7 Bush Fire Service and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 01:33 PM on 26 November 2016.

  • The cause of the fire is flare up from a previous controlled burn.

  • DFES is managing the fire.

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