ALERT LEVEL:A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in the southern part of Augusta in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. The fire started south of the Augusta Air Strip and is contained and under control. The advice remains in place due to weather conditions. 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. 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.
IF DRIVING:• 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. Motorists should avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. RECREATION SITES:The Rails to Trails Track will remain closed until Monday between Leeuwin Road and the airport. BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:The bushfire is contained and under control. WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Volunteer Fire Service firefighters will continue to patrol the area today. The incident was reported at 1.02am on Thursday 7 February 2013. Approximately eight hectares have been burnt. CAUSE:The cause of the fire is suspicious. People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:DFES is managing 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 by 11am tomorrow (Sunday 10 February) unless the situation changes.
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