Monday, July 28th, 2014

Bidyadanga: Bushfire alert

A bushfire is burning on the Great Northern Highway south of Broome, between  Fraser Downs and Bidyadanga turnoffs.

DFESYou can read DFES’s advice here:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

 

Time of issue: 8.20am

Date of issue: 28 July 2014

 

Bushfire ADVICE for Great Northern Highway, between Bidyadanga Road and Fraser Downs Road, in the Shire of Broome

 

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on Great Northern Highway, between Bidyadanga Road and Fraser Downs Road, in the Shire of Kimberley.

 

There is no threat to lives or homes but 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 is burning on the eastern side of Great Northern Highway.

 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

 

The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

The fire has burnt approximately 800 hectares.

 

IF DRIVING:

 

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:

No roads are closed.

 

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Fire crews from the Bidyadanga community are on their way to the scene.

 

EXTRA INFORMATION:

 

The cause of the fire is unknown.

People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

DFES is managing the fire.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

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