Collie bushfires pushed away from homes

The weekend's bushfires in the Shire of Collie have been downgraded to an advice warning after overnight winds pushed the fire away from private properties.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued an ADVICE warning for people in the vicinity of Harris River State Forest and Muja State Forest, north of Norm Road in the Shire of Collie.

The fire at was first reported at 12.44pm on December 14 with 7,400 hectares of land already burnt. The fire is moving in a north-north-westerly direction and is not contained or controlled at this stage.

Firefighters are actively fighting it and establishing containment lines.

  • The alert level for this fire was downgraded as winds overnight pushed the fire in a north-north-westerly direction away from private properties.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as winds overnight pushed the fire in a north-north-westerly direction away from private properties.
  • 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.

ROAD AND SITE CLOSURES:

  • Opossum Spring Road remains closed.
  • Collie-Williams Road between Yourdamung Road and Quindanning-Darkan Road is now open.

The following campsites remain closed:

  • Possum Springs camp site
  • Yourdamung camp site
  • Harris Dam camp site

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

The Arklow mountain bike trails are also closed.

To keep up to date visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au or call 13 DFES (13 3337).

This story Bushfire advice downgraded first appeared on Collie Mail.