Bushfire advice issued for parts of Cascade in the Shire of Esperance

DFES has downgraded the Watch and Act for parts of Cascade in the Shire of Esperance to a bushfire advice. Photo: Sarah Makse
DFES has downgraded the Watch and Act for parts of Cascade in the Shire of Esperance to a bushfire advice. Photo: Sarah Makse

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a bushfire advice for parts of Cascade in the Shire of Esperance in an update at 6.46pm, Sunday, November 17.

The advice is 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 from a watch and act as conditions have eased and the fire is under control.

There is no threat to lives or homes.

People are advised there is a lot of smoke in the area.

Although there is no immediate danger people 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.

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

DFES advises residents to read through their bushfire survival plan and if they do not have a plan, to decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

The first was reported at 12.18pm on Sunday, November 17, and has burnt through 600 hectares.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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

Roads have not been closed.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

People driving through the area are advised to be extremely careful, use headlights, drive slowly and watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

If drivers cannot see clearly they are advised to pull over, keep their 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.

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 Esperance.

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.

The Shire of Esperance is managing the fire.