Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - at the HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note Coolgardie-Eperance Highway is now closed between Norseman and Coolgardie.

Time of issue: 01:04 PM
Date of issue: 29 December 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people at the HIGGINSVILLE mine site in the SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire has broken containment lines.

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

The fire started near the intersection of NORSEMAN and [FCAD_NearestCrossSt] in NORSEMAN.

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 ADVICE for the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of the NORSEMAN townsite and parts of FRASER RANGE in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS and WIDGIEMOOLTHA and the.

There is no threat to lives or homes.

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:

Firefighters are still working in the area - be extremely careful when driving through the area.

Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.

Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

There may be smoke over roads over the next few days. 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a westerly direction.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
The following roads are closed:

Coolgardie-Esperance Highway is closed between Coolgardie and Norseman, including the Kambalda turn-off.

Hyden-Norseman Road is closed between Marvel-Loch Forrestania Road and the Norseman townsite. This road closure is due to falling trees and debris. Please take heed for your safety.

Eyre Highway is open for travellers.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and emergency services personnel working on site.

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 DUNDAS.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene.

42 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.

State Emergency Service (SES) personnel are also in attendance.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 05:43 PM on 16 December 2019.

Currently there has been 148,000 hectares burnt.

Local radio frequencies that can be heard in the Norseman area and surrounds: - Kalgoorlie 648 AM - Esperance 837 AM - Laverton and Menzies 106.1FM - Leonora and Norseman 105.7 FM - Southern Cross 106.3FM.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

DFES 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.


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