Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for the northern part of GRACETOWN in SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people bounded by Cowaramup Bay Road to the south, Caves Road to the east, Cullen Road to the north and the Indian Ocean to the west in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER.
The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as there is no longer running fire and the threat to homes is now reduced.
You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
The fire started near the intersection of Caves Road and Cullen Road in Gracetown.
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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
It is controlled but not contained.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads including Juniper Road have been closed.
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 SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and protecting homes.
50 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.
The fire was reported at 11:55 AM on 28 April 2019.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
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