The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife ALERT LEVEL:A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people bounded by Old Northam Road and Great Eastern Highway in the Beechina area in the Shire of Mundaring · The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire has been contained.· There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area, and fog may impact roads in the vicinity of the fireground later this evening.· 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 Beechina Nature Reserve. BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:· The bushfire has been contained. WHAT TO DO: · Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.· Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.· 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. ROAD CLOSURES:Fog may impact roads in the vicinity of the fireground this evening. Great Eastern Highway between Great Southern Highway and Old Northam Road, and Doconing Road remain closed. These roads are expected to be re-opened this evening. Updates will be provided. Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or the Shire of Mundaring. RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:No recreation sites are closed. WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:Fire crews are mopping up and strengthening containment lines. EXTRA INFORMATION:· The fire was reported at 10.45am on 27 February 2016 and has burnt 17 hectares.· 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 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 (28 February) unless the situation changes.
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