The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people near Woottating Nature Reserve and the intersection of Great Southern Highway and Inkpen Road, 17km east of Chidlow, in the Shire of Northam.
• There is no threat to lives or homes but 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.
• The fire started in bushland near the intersection of Great Southern Highway and Inkpen Road. It is burning towards farmland.
• The bushfire is moving at modertae speed in a westerly direction.It is currently 1 hectare in size.
• It is a small controllable fire.
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.
• 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.
No roads are closed.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters, machinery and local volunteer bushfire brigades are on their way to the scene.
• Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
• The fire was reported at 11.10am on 6 January 2016.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Twitter @WAParksWildlife or listen to news bulletins.
The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
A new alert may have been issued for this incident.
Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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