The Department of Fire and Emergency Services
(DFES) is urging people travelling to Esperance and surrounding areas this long
weekend to check their travel plans before they set off.
There are a large number of bushfires burning
in the area and fire conditions have intensified in recent days, with hot and
windy weather and the potential for dry lightning.
This is coupled with more than 2,000 people
expected to visit the region this Labour Day long weekend, attending four major
events in Esperance, including the Esperance Cup and a beach volleyball
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren
Klemm AFSM said there are currently nine large fires burning out of control in
the Goldfields and Esperance regions, with four of them near Esperance and the
highways leading to the town which could impact travel plans.
“The fires are not threatening Esperance itself
so there is no need to cancel your visit, but people should check road closures
and bushfire warnings to ensure they can safely travel on their intended
route,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“There are more than 200 firefighters, 11
aircraft, 42 fire appliances and 23 earthmoving vehicles fighting the
bushfires, which had burnt through more than 230,000 hectares.”
Commissioner Klemm thanked local farmers,
volunteer and career firefighters and Parks and Wildlife Service staff and for
their hard work fighting the bushfires.
“Local farmers and volunteers, some of whom
have travelled from as far as Carnarvon, have done an outstanding job, putting
their lives on hold to help protect the community and keep everyone safe,” he
“I would also like to acknowledge members of
the community who have heeded the warnings and put their bushfire plans into
“We are expecting fire conditions to intensify
today and we urge everyone to remain vigilant and check Emergency WA website
for the latest information.”
Travellers heading to areas affected by the
bushfires can check road conditions on Emergency WA and the Main Roads WA