A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the town of ELLEKER and surrounding areas in the CITY OF ALBANY.
- The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as fire conditions have eased
- 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 ELLEKER-GRASMERE RD and LOWER DENMARK RD in ELLEKER.
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.
- 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 bushfire is moving slowly in a westerly direction.
- It is contained but not controlled.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Elleker-Grasmere Road between Lower Denmark Road and Mutton Bird Road is now open. No other roads have been 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 by contacting the City of Albany.
The temporary evacuation centre at Albany Leisure Aquatic Centre on Barker Road in Albany has now closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
- 50 Parks and Wildlife Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.
- The fire was reported at 06:09 AM on 1 February 2018 and currently there has been 6 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is unknown.
- City of Albany is managing the fire.