Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - travelling on Great Northern Highway and North West Coastal Highway, including people in DINGO'S LAIR SETTLEMENT and south of the TURNER RIVER in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

There is no change to the previous alert

Time of issue: 02:02 PM
Date of issue: 01 March 2022

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for DINGO'S LAIR SETTLEMENT and south of the TURNER RIVER in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people travelling on Great Northern Highway and North West Coastal Highway, including people in DINGO'S LAIR SETTLEMENT and south of the TURNER RIVER in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND.

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.

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.

Keep doors and windows closed 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 east of PEEWAH RIVER and north of INDEE in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people near the TURNER RIVER, east of PEEWAH RIVER and north of INDEE in the TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND.

There is no threat to lives or homes.

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 MUNDABULLANGANA.

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. You can make a plan by visiting My Bushfire Plan

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.

COVID-19

If you are in lockdown or any form of isolation or quarantine for COVID-19, you must do whatever you need to protect your life.

If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and have been advised to leave the area:

Find suitable alternative premises and wear a mask. Those in the affected area are permitted to go to suitable alternative premises without putting others at risk.

Alternative suitable premises may include a friend or relative's house, provided they have their own bedroom, preferably own bathroom, and there are not too many people in the house.

If you cannot return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.

Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR

The bushfire is moving in a south easterly to easterly direction.

It is not contained or controlled.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS

All roads are now open.

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 visiting the Main Roads Travel Map, calling 138 138 or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

ANIMAL WELFARE

Owners or carers of livestock, pets and companion animals should activate their own animal welfare plan. During a bushfire take advice from Local Government Authorities to protect the lives of your animals while keeping yourself safe.

For more information on actions to take for each bushfire warning level, please see the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING

Firefighters are on the scene, strengthening containment lines assisted by machinery.

EXTRA INFORMATION

The fire was reported at 09:13 AM on 27 February 2022.

DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE

Visit Emergency WA, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter, Facebook, 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.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.

DFES Bushfires