Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Kununurra: Bushfire at Lakeside

A bushfire continues to burn west towards Lakeside.

DFESYou can read DFES’ advice here:

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

Time of issue: 4.00pm

Date of issue: 12 August 2014

Bushfire ADVICE for the Lakeside suburb of Kununurra in the Shire of Wyndham – East Kimberley

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the Lakeside suburb of Kununurra in the Shire of Wyndham – East 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

• The bushfire is moving fast in a westerly direction towards the suburb Lakeside.

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:

• 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:

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

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters from the Kununurra Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Ivanhoe, CrossingFalls and Packsaddle Bush Fire Brigadesand the Department of Parks and Wildlife are actively fighting the fire.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

• The cause of the fire is unknown

• DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit 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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