* This fire was previously titled Bushfire WATCH AND ACT in the northern part of Nilgen in the Shire of Gingin
*Please note: change to what firefighters are doing
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT remains in place for people in the vicinity of Nilgen Nature Reserve, 1km south-west of Ocean Farms Estate, west of Indian Ocean Drive, in the Shire of Gingin.
· There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.
· You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
· The fire started at Nilgen Nature Reserve west of Indian Ocean Drive. It is burning in the vicinity of Ocean Farms Estate.
· The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.
· It is out of control and unpredictable.
· Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
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.
· Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
· If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
· Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
· Leave in an easterly direction along Sappers Road.
Indian Ocean Drive between Meadows Road and Ocean Farms Road is closed
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:No recreation sites are closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
· Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters and local bush brigades are working to contain the fire within existing fire breaks as there is the risk of unexploded ordnance due to its close proximity to a defence training area.
· Aerial support assisted ground crews.
· The fire was reported at 1.30pm on 22 February 2016
· The cause of the fire is suspicious.
· People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
· The Department of Parks and Wildlife is now managing the fire.
If you are concerned about the location of family and friends in the area call the Red Cross State Inquiry Line on 1800 810 710.
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, listen to ABC local radio, 6PR (metro only) or news bulletins.
Updates will be provided every two hours 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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