A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in the Harvey-Dwellingup area for a large bushfire in State Forest between the Harvey River and Tallanalla Road. Approximately 7000 hectares have been burnt.
No private property is threatened by the fire. The nearest private property is 5 kilometers to the north east of a spot fire which has been contained. The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) will release further advice as the situation changes.
WHAT TO DO:
People living or travelling in the area need to be alert and aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site and take their advice.
The fire behaviour has been erratic due to heavy fuel loads that are causing embers and spot fires over containment lines.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
One hundred personnel from DEC, local volunteer bushfire brigades from the shires of Harvey and Collie, Worsley Alumina, the Forest Products Commission, FESA and local contractors are involved in suppression today.
Water bombers and heavy earth moving machines are assisting ground crews strengthen containment lines.
Most of the fire has been tracked and crews are now working on the north west flank along the main powerline to tie the fire into an area that DEC prescribed burned four years ago.
The fire was reported on Sunday morning. The cause is considered ‘suspicious’.
A number of roads have been closed including:
· Quindanning Road and Honeymoon Road junction
· Harvey-Quindanning Road and Boundary Road
· Tallanalla Road and Myles Avenue junction
· Nanga Road and Nanga Brook Road junction
· Logue Brook Dam Road and Clark Road junction
· Driver Road, Hoffman Road and Willowdale Road junction
· Hoffman Road and Larego Road junction
· Driver Road at the Murray River crossing
Motorists should avoid the area. Further clarification should be sought from WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.
DEC is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209 visit www.dec.wa.gov.au and www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to local radio news bulletins.