Cape Le Grand closed to new visitors

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a Watch and Act warning for people in or near Cape Le Grand National Park.

The fire is burning near Mount Le Grand within the park.

There is a possible threat to lives and you need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

Campers are advised to keep up to date with the current situation and relocate to the Lucky Bay Camp site or the town site of Esperance if the way is clear. 

Those planning to visit the park will need to change their plans as the national park is now closed to new visitors.

The bushfire is contained but not controlled.

All campers currently within the national park may continue camping at Lucky Bay, but all other camp grounds are closed.

If you chose to leave, the Shire of Esperance has setup a temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre.

Only essential items can be taken into these centres.

Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are not allowed.

If you are in Cape Le Grand National Park and you plan to leave, please leave via Lucky Bay Road and Cape Le Grand Road to the park exit.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and to be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including, Wylie Bay Beach Access at the park boundary, Cape Le Grand Road at Merivale Road and Dunn Rock Road at Merivale Road.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

The Department of Education has advised the Condingup Primary School is closed today, March 1. 

For more information contact your school directly or visit education.wa.edu.au. 

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/

Firefighters are on the scene and Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attraction rangers are patrolling camp grounds within the vicinity and assisting campers in the optional relocation to alternative locations. 

Aerial support and ground crews are working to contain this fire.  

Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.

The fire was caused by lightning and was first reported at 7:05 AM on March 1.

DFES is managing the fire. To keep up to date visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au