Bullabulling Fire Update

Jan 16th Morning update

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Sunday afternoon fires started around Bullabulling close to Great Eastern Highway. They still continue to burn but the following advice is the latest from Incident Controller Terry Wegwermer.

  • There will be smoke in the area - so be cautious
  • Mount Walton Road (Health Road) forms part of the area affected
  • Fires are North and South of Great Eastern Highway, Close to the Eastern Goldfields Rail Line and aroud 25km from Carina Iron Ore mine
  • Wallaroo Campsite is closed
  • Around 40 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.

The full release is below 

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

Please note changes throughout alert

Time of issue: 09:45 AM
Date of issue: 16 January 2019

Bushfire ADVICE for Great Eastern Highway in BULLABULLING in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE


A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on or near Great Eastern Highway and the Mt Walton Road (locally referred to as Health Road) in MT WALTON, west of COOLGARDIE, in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

  • 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 is burning on the northern and southern sides of Great Eastern Highway and the Transcontinental Railroad in BULLABULLING. Fire is also burning 25 kilometres north east of the Carina Minesite in BULLABULLING


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 bushfire is moving slowly in a westerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


  • There are a number of bushfires burning in the area and there is smoke over Great Eastern Highway between Coolgardie and Mount Palmer.
  • Wallaroo Rock campsite is closed. 



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 by contacting the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.


  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • 40 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.


  • The fire was reported at 03:00 PM on 13 January 2019.
  • Currently there has been 22,000 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.


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.
The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.

Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications on 9395 9543

16 January 2019

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