Source: Emergency WA

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Please note changes throughout alert

Time of issue: 05:19 PM
Date of issue: 14 December 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Honeymoon Pool Campground and Stones Brook Campground in Wellington National Park in SHIRE OF DARDANUP

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Honeymoon Pool Campground and Stones Brook Campground in Wellington National Park in SHIRE OF DARDANUP.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as conditions are likely to change in the next few hours.

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

The fire started near the intersection of PILE RD and KING TREE RD in WELLINGTON FOREST

WHAT TO DO:

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

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

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

If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.

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

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 easterly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

Firefighters are expecting the wind to change from westerly to south easterly at 9pm.

SAFEST ROUTE:
If you are in the Watch and Act area, leave north along River Road towards Coalfields Highway.

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 campground is closed:

Potters Gorge Campground

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.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.

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.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.

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