Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park, Camel Lake Nature Reserve and 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

Please note changes throughout alert. This alert now includes the Camel Lake Nature Reserve bushfire.

Time of issue: 10:33 AM
Date of issue: 28 December 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park, Camel Lake Nature Reserve and properties south of Salt River Road, east of Solomons Road, south of Sandalwood road, west of Gnowellen Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP

ALERT LEVEL:

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

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 south easterly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

SAFEST ROUTE:
Head in a northerly direction.

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

Part of Salt River Road west of Fornby Road South and east of Yetemerup Road

Chester Pass Road at Salt River Road

Formby Road South at Salt River Road

Chester Pass Road at Woogenellup Road

WA Police Force are assisting in managing road closures.

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:

Stirling Range Retreat is closed

Stirling Range National Park is closed

Bluff Knoll Recreation Site is closed

Moingup Springs Campground is closed

Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park is closed

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

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

70 Parks and Wildlife Service, DFES and Bushfire Brigade firefighters are attending.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

Currently there has been 4250 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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