The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Please note changes under Alert Level and throughout. Closed roads will reopen at 6 PM this evening.
Time of issue: 05:39 PM
Date of issue: 11 December 2017
Bushfire ADVICE for PINK LAKE in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people near Helms Drive, Barook Road and Tuart Forest Grove in western parts of PINK LAKE in the SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.
The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the immediate threat has passed.
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.
The fire started near the intersection of Helms Drive and Kingsmill Retreat in PINK LAKE.
The fire is burning towards the coast.
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.
Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
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.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed, including:
The roads will reopen at 6 PM.
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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Esperance.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.
Approximately 55 Bush Fire Service and DFES firefighters are attending.
The fire was reported at 02:07 PM on 11 December 2017.
The cause of the fire is lightning.
The Shire of Esperance 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/
The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.