DFES downgrade Grass Patch fire to watch and act

A bushfire watch and act has been issued for people in an area bounded by Ridley Road to the south, Styles Road and Plunkett Road to the west and Circle Valley Road to the north, in parts of Grass Patch and Salmon Gums in the Shire of Esperance.

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

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.

There is also a bushfire advice warning for parts of Wittenoom Hills and Mount Ridley in the Shire of Esperance.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire advice 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.

  • 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.

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 in a northerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.

SAFEST ROUTE:

Head north along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:17 AM on 29 December 2020.
  • Currently there has been 30,000 hectares burnt.
  • Shire of Esperance is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

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.