Picton fire downgraded to advice

UPDATE: The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has downgraded the Picton fire alert level to advice.

See below for more.

ALERT LEVEL:  

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Estuary Drive, Old Coast Road, Koombana Drive and Forrest Highway in northern parts of PICTON and eastern GLEN IRIS and PELICAN POINT and VITTORIA in CITY OF BUNBURY.

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 SOUTH WESTERN HWY and GIORGI RD in PICTON.

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.

Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:  

Roads in the area are now open.

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 CITY OF BUNBURY.