Bushfire Watch and Act issued for parts of Wittenoom Hills and Mount Ridley in Shire of Esperance

Bushfire Watch and Act issued for Wittenoom Hills and Mount Ridley

A bushfire Watch and Act warning has been issued for people in an area bounded by Norwood Road to the south, Dempster Road to the west, Logan Road to the north, and Mount Ney Road to the east in parts of Wittenoom Hills and Mount Ridley in the Shire of Esperance on January 11.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the conditions are changing.

The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable.

The fire is burning towards the Mt Ridley Nature Reserve and surrounding private property for an area bounded by Ridley Road and Eucalypt Road.

The alert remains at a Watch and Act level on January 12 as firefighters are expecting challenging weather conditions today and fire activity may increase.

Firefighters are actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.

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 plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
  • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Esperance.

The fire was reported at about 11AM December 29, 2020 and has burnt through 30,000 hectares.

Firefighters are actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines with Bush Fire Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters attending.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

State Emergency Services are also in attendance.

The Shire or Esperance is currently managing the fire.

Be advised 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.

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, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.