Cause of Gnangara pine bushfire unknown

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So far 8ha has been burnt in the Gnangara pine plantation bushfire, which was reported this afternoon at 5pm. File picture

THERE is a bushfire advice for the southern part of the Gnangara pine plantation.

An alert by the parks and wildlife service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions said there was a lot of smoke in the area.

The bushfire was reported at 5pm on Thursday, February 15and so far 8ha had been burnt.

Firefighters are on the scene and earlier aerial support was on the scene.

The alert issued at 6.19pm said although there was no immediate danger people needed to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changed.

The cause of the bushfire, which started in the pine plantation and is out of control and unpredictable, is unknown.

If driving in the area people need turn their headlights on and drive slowly and 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.

No roads have been closed but 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 contacting the City of Wanneroo.

To 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.

The next update will be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.