Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for northern part of CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Cape Le Grand National Park closed


22 February 2019

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Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for northern part of CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in or near the CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • The fire started in the CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK
  • The alert level for this fire will remain at Watch and Act due to forecast conditions in the area.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is stationary.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.

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:

  • Cape Le Grand Road
  • Dunns Rock Road
  • Wylie Beach access
  • Hellfire Bay Road
  • Coastal Walk Trail between Le Grand Beach and Hellfire Bay

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 ESPERANCE.

NATIONAL PARK CLOSURE:

  • Cape Le Grand National Park, including the campground, is closed. People planning on visiting the Park should make alternative arrangements. 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
  • 6 Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support are on scene assisting ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 07:18 AM on 21 February 2019.
  • Currently there has been approximately 20 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • 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

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