The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Nilgen Nature Reserve, 1km south-west of Ocean Farms Estate in the Shire of Gin Gin
· The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the bushfire is no longer at risk of threatening lives or property 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 at Nilgen Nature Reserve, west of Indian Ocean Drive.
· The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.
· It is not yet controlled or contained.
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.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including Indian Ocean Drive between Meadows Road and Ocean Farms Road.
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:No recreation sites are closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
· Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters and Bushfire Brigades from Shire of Gin Gin and Shire of Wanneroo will continue to strengthen containment lines, mop up and monitor the area overnight.
· Aerial support assisted ground crews until last light.
· The fire was reported at 1.30pm on 22 February 2016
· The cause of the fire is suspicious
· The fire has burnt through 300 hectares of bushland
· 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 11am tomorrow (23 February 2016) 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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