DFES issue Watch and Act for Cascade bushfire

DFES have issued a bushfire Watch and Act for Cascade in the Shire of Esperance. Photo: Supplied.
DFES have issued a bushfire Watch and Act for Cascade in the Shire of Esperance. Photo: Supplied.

UPDATE: The Cascade bushfire has been downgraded to a bushfire advice for parts of Cascade in the Shire of Esperance.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a bushfire advice for people in an area bounded by West Point Road, Clare Road and River Road in Cascade in the Shire of Esperance.

The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as conditions have eased and the fire is under control.

There is no threat to lives or homes.

Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

Firefighters are actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines with 40 Pastoralists and 30 Bush Fire Service firefighters in attendance.

The bushfire is moving slowly in a north easterly direction and is controlled but not contained.

People in the area are advised to stay alert, monitor their surroundings and watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a Bushfire Watch and Act for parts of Cascade in the Shire of Esperance after a bushfire was reported at 12.18pm on Sunday, November 17.

A bushfire Watch and Act has been issued for people in an area bounded by West Point Road, Clare Road and River Road in Cascade in Shire of Esperance.

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire that has burned through 600 hectares.

Seventy Bush Fire Service and Pastoralists firefighters are attending and aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

DFES have advised there is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly direction and is out of control and unpredictable.

The fire started near the intersection of River Road and Cascade Road in Cascade.

People in the area are advised to leave or prepare to actively defend.

Those who plan to stay and actively defend, are advised to not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. Those who have access to a water tank and plan to defend their home, are advised to start patrolling with their hose and put out spot fires.

Residents who are not prepared or plan to leave are advised to leave now if the way is clear.

Those who are well prepared and plan to actively defend their home are advised to make final preparations now.

If residents are not home they are advised to not return, as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

People are advised to close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

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 Esperance.

DFES advises to 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 Shire of Esperance is managing the fire.

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.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.