Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas including properties south of Salt River Road, east of Solomons Road, south of Sandalwood road, west of Gnowellen Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

This bushfire has been upgraded to a Watch and Act. Please note changes throughout

Time of issue: 02:46 PM
Date of issue: 27 December 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounds in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas including properties south of Salt River Road, east of Solomons Road, south of Sandalwood road, west of Gnowellen Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to a wind change and unpredictable fire behaviour.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

The fire started in Stirling Range National Park

WHAT TO DO:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.

At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a northerly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
The following roads are closed:

Bluff Knoll Road

Mt Trio Road

Toolbrunup Road

The access road to Toll Peak

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.

Site Closures:

The eastern part of Stirling Range National Park is closed from Chester Pass Road

Bluff Knoll Recreation Site is closed

Moingup Springs Campground is closed

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire, strengthening containment lines.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

Currently there has been 500 hectares burnt.

The cause of the fire is lightning.

Parks and Wildlife Service is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.

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