Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - Lake Argyle Village on Lake Argyle Road near the intersection of Argyle Homestead Road in LAKE ARGYLE in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note this fire has been upgraded to a Watch and Act.

Time of issue: 05:59 PM
Date of issue: 23 October 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Lake Argyle Village on Lake Argyle Road in LAKE ARGYLE in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people Lake Argyle Village on Lake Argyle Road near the intersection of Argyle Homestead Road in LAKE ARGYLE in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire have jumped containment lines..

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

The fire started near the intersection of LAKE ARGYLE RD and VICTORIA HWY in LAKE ARGYLE.

south easterly direction.

WHAT TO DO:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

Bushfire ADVICE for the Crossing Falls Community, Woolerregerberleng Community and Bells Springs Community, east of Crossing Falls Road and south of Victoria Highway in LAKE ARGYLE in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near the Crossing Falls Community, Woolerregerberleng Community and Bells Springs Community, or travelling east of Crossing Falls Road and south on Victoria Highway, near Lake Argyle Road in LAKE ARGYLE in SHIRE OF WYNDHAM-EAST KIMBERLEY.

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 Lake Argyle Road and Victoria Highway in LAKE ARGYLE.

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 out of control and unpredictable.

The south west corner of the fire is active between the Ord River and Lake Argyle and is burning slowly in a south-south-easterly direction, however there is still no current threat to the Crossing Falls community.

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:

Lake Argyle Road is closed between Lake Argyle and Victoria Highway

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 Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and actively fighting the fire.

25 Pastoralists from Carlton Hill, Lake Argyle Resort staff, SWORD volunteers from Perth, Parks and Wildlife Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 12:34 PM on 17 October 2019.

Currently there has been approximately 75,000 hectares burnt.

People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

DFES 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.

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