Fire near Goldfields Highway places Kambalda to alert

What you need to know


Glenney Wilson

22 February 2019

Glenney Wilson

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A fire burning near the intersection of Goldfields Highway and Coolgardie Esperance Highway has resulted in a bushfire alert for the townsite of Kambalda and a watch and act for parts near the intersection. The fire was originally reported on Feb 15 at 4:59pm. 

DFES has released the following details as of 8:46AM Feb 22 2019.

 

 

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

This has been upgraded from a smoke alert


Time of issue: 08:46 AM
Date of issue: 22 February 2019


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for western parts of Kambalda in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people travelling along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway between Coolgardie and WIDGIEMOOLTHA in western parts of Kambalda in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as fire activity has increased.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
  • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
  • The fire started near the intersection of GOLDFIELDS HWY and COOLGARDIE-ESPERANCE HWY in WIDGIEMOOLTHA

WHAT TO DO:

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


Bushfire ADVICE for Kambalda in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the townsite of Kambalda 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 started near the intersection of GOLDFIELDS HWY and COOLGARDIE-ESPERANCE HWY in WIDGIEMOOLTHA

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.

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.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be 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 COOLGARDIE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on their way.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 04:59 PM on 15 February 2019.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au

 

 

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