Illegal campfire causes bushfire in Red Gully

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The Parks and Wildlife Service is managing the Red Gully bushfire, which so far has burnt 50ha. File picture

AN illegal campfire fire started near Mogumber Rd West has so far burnt 50ha of bushland resulting in a bushfire advice for people in Red Gully, in an area bounded by Brand Hwy to the west, Gillingarra Rd to the north, Bindoon-Moora Rd to the east and Red Gully Rd to the south in the Shire of Gingin.

 

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Please note changes under Extra Information

Time of issue: 08:08 PM
Date of issue: 23 May 2020

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Mogumber Road West in the locality of RED GULLY in the SHIRE OF GINGIN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in the vicinity of Mogumber Road West, in an area bounded by Brand Highway to the west, Gillingarra Road to the north, Fynes Road to the east and Marri Heights Road to the south, in the locality of RED GULLY in the SHIRE OF GINGIN.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
  • The fire started near Mogumber Road West and is burning on both sides of the road.

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.
  • At all times close all doors and windows 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 the locality of RED GULLY in SHIRE OF GINGIN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in the locality of RED GULLY, in an area bounded by Brand Highway to the west, Gillingarra Road to the north, Bindoon-Moora Road to the east and Red Gully Road to the south in the SHIRE OF GINGIN.

  • There is no threat to lives or homes.
  • 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.

WHAT TO DO:

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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving fast in a southerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be closed.

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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF GINGIN.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 03:12 PM on 23 May 2020.
  • Currently there has been 50 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is an illegal campfire.
  • Parks and Wildlife Service 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, 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.