ALERT LEVEL:A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people west of Martin Pelusey Road, north of Harris Road and south of South Western Highway in the eastern part of Picton in the Shire of Dardanup. The fire started near Kerr Road and Harris Road and was burning towards the South Western Highway. 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.• 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.
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. BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:There is no more running fire. It is contained and under control. WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:Around 25 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters in 10 appliances are still on the scene mopping up. One fixed wing water bomber was sent earlier this afternoon to assist ground crews. The incident was reported at 10.45am today. Approximately 60 hectares have been burnt. CAUSE:The cause of the fire is unknown. AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:The Shire of Dardanup 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 (Thursday 7 March) unless the situation changes.
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