An out of control and unpredictable fire is causing concerns in the shire of Jerramungup this afternoon.
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for the area of South Coast Highway near Wellstead Crossing in the southern part of Boxwood Hill.
There is no threat to lives and homes however there's plenty of smoke in the area for those travelling on roads.
Full details below
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the area of South Coast Highway near Wellstead Crossing in the southern part of BOXWOOD HILL in SHIRE OF JERRAMUNGUP.
- 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 SOUTH COAST HWY in BOXWOOD HILL.
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.
- It is out of control and unpredictable.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have not 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 SHIRE OF JERRAMUNGUP.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene and actively fighting the fire.
- Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
- The cause of the fire is unknown.
- Shire of Jerramungup is managing the fire.