*Please note no changes to the previous alert
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people south of Napier Road, east of Burnside Road, north of Maddison Road and west of Scarp Road. This also includes the Murray Hills Estate in the Shire of Murray.
• 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 is burning in the Meelon area.
• It is contained and under control.
WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• 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.
An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in area bounded by Burnside Road, west to South Western Highway, south to Blake Road, to the Murray River, east to Davis Brooke, north to Wilde Road and west to Scarp Road and south to Maddison Road in the Shire of Murray.
This includes the townsites of East Coolup, Dwellingup and Marrinup.
• Firefighters have worked tirelessly together with other agencies since the fire was reported.
• The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
WHAT TO DO:
• Drive slowly and with caution due to emergency services personnel working in the area.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
• Pinjarra-Williams Road between Napier Road and Scarp Road has been reopened with speed restrictions in place.
• Del Park Road at the intersection of Scarp Road remains closed
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
• The Meelon bushfire near Dwellingup has damaged 11 distribution poles on Western Power’s network.
• Western Power has seven crews on site rebuilding the network.
• Western Power has connected an Emergency Response Generator to power the Dwellingup centre of town, the school, the service station and most shops.
• Crews are currently replacing four ‘backbone’ poles that will allow the Dwellingup townsite to be reconnected later today.
• Some single spur line customers may not be connected until the end of the week, however crews will do their best to have all customers reconnected as soon as possible.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• 50 career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, SES, Parks and Wildlife firefighters, along with personnel from the Shire of Murray, are on the scene.
• Firefighters have saved many homes and sheds in the area. Some fencing has been lost.
• Firefighters are currently strengthening containment lines and blacking out areas.
• The fire was reported at 3.29am on Monday 14 March and more than 1,260 hectares have been burnt.
• The cause of the fire is suspicious.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The Shire of Murray is now managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa 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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