DFES issue advice warning for parts of Shire of Dardanup

Bushfire advice for an area bounded by Coalfields Highway, Mungalup Road and Wellington Dam in Wellington National Park in Shire of Dardanup.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Coalfields Highway, Mungalup Road and Wellington Dam in Wellington National Park in SHIRE OF DARDANUP.

  • 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.

WHAT TO DO:

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:

  • The bushfire is moving fast in a south 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.

A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Wellington Dam Road from River Road to Pile Road
  • Lennard Drive
  • Falcon Road

The following campgrounds are closed:

  • Potters Gorge Campground
  • Honeymoon Pool Campground
  • Stones Brook Campground
  • Possum Springs camp site
  • Yourdamung camp site
  • Harris Dam camp site

The Bibbulmun Track between Harvey Quindanning Road and Mornington Road is 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 DARDANUP.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
  • 30 Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 04:00 PM on 13 December 2019.
  • Currently there has been 50 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, 6PR, or news bulletins.