ALERT LEVEL: A smoke alert has been issued for people travelling on the North West Coastal Highway near Pannawonica in the Shire of Ashburton. The fire is burning 2 kilometres west of the North West Coastal Highway and 10 kilometres south of the North West Coastal Highway and Pannawonica Road turnoff. There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area. DFES is warning motorists travelling along North West Coastal Highway to take extreme caution when driving through smoke and areas of low visibility. WHAT TO DO: • 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:No roads are closed. BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:The bushfire is moving slowly in a easterly direction and is out of control. WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING: Firefighters from the Pannawonica Private Fire and Rescue Service are on the scene. The incident was reported at 2.17pm today. AGENCY RESPONSIBLE: The Shire of Ashburton is monitoring the fire. KEEP UP TO DATE: Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 1300 657 209 or listen to news bulletins. The next update will be provided when the situation changes.
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