Cause of Gnangara bushfire unknown

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This afternoon DFES reminded people to stay aware even though the Gnangara bushfire is now contained and under control. File picture

FIREFIGHTERS are mopping up and monitoring the bushfire in Gnangara, which today destroyed two vehicles and damaged one caravan.

About 3.40pm the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) reminded people that although bushfire had been downgraded road closures were still in place and that people must obey the instructions of emergency services personnel in the area.

DFES said the bushfire – reported at 11.40am on Saturday, November 9 – had been downgraded as it was now contained and under control.

There was no threat to lives or homes but still a lot of smoke in the area.

Although there was no immediate danger people needed to stay aware and keep up to date in case the situation changed.

People have been advised to avoid the area and to be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including Sydney Rd between Joyce Rd and Stoney Rd.

The following roads have reopened Stoney Rd, Gnangara Rd, Joyce Rd, Pine Crest Way, Colonial Circle and Lakelands Dr.

An assessment is underway to ensure safety of the area before the other roads reopen.

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 via the City of Wannero.

The cause of the bushfire, which started on Sydney Rd and burnt 15ha, is unknown.

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 6PR.
DFES said the next update would be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changed.

Meanwhile, DFES also issued a bushfire advice for the eastern part of Regans Ford in the Shire of Dandaragan, the northern part of the Shire of Gingin and the western part of the Shire of Victoria Plains.

Firefighters are patrolling the area and mopping up and pastoralists are also in attendance.

The bushfire reported at 10.34am on Friday, November 8 has burnt 420ha.

The Shire of Dandaragan is managing the bushfire the cause of which is unknown.

The alert said Western Power had advised that 32 customers in the Shire of Dandaragan were without power.

Areas affected include Mogumber, Regans Ford, Yathroo, Dandaragan and Gillingarra.

For more details visit www.westernpower.com.au