Source: WA Department of Fire & Emergency Services

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

Please note changes under Road Closures and Conditions sections

Time of issue: 11:14 AM
Date of issue: 12 August 2018

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Great Northern Highway in MUELLER RANGES and ORD RIVER in the SHIRE OF HALLS CREEK

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people travelling on Great Northern Highway between Elvire River and the intersection of Sophie Downs North Road in MUELLER RANGES and ORD RIVER in the SHIRE OF HALLS CREEK.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the winds have increased and fire is spreading fast.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

You need to leave - act immediately, do not wait and see.

The fire started near the GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY in HALLS CREEK.

Moving is a westerly direction towards Milba Aboriginal Community

WHAT TO DO:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

It is not safe to stay and actively defend, your best chance for survival is to leave 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

It is out of control and unpredictable.

The fire is moving in a westerly direction.

It is burning in inaccessible terrain.

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 Great Northern Highway between Halls Creek and Victoria Highway.

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 Halls Creek.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene.

4 Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services firefighters are attending.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 01:55 PM on 5 August 2018 and currently there has been 6000 hectares burnt.

DFES 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/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.

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