Ocean Farm estate on bushfire alert

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The cause of a bushfire, which burnt 24ha near Ocean Farm estate in Nilgen is suspicious, according to DFES. File picture

A BUSHFIRE Advice has been issued for people in and near the Ocean Farm Estate and surrounding farming communities in Nilgen in the Shire of Gingin.

The Bushfire Advice was issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services at 5.56pm on Wednesday, December 28.
A Bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in and near the Ocean Farm Estate and surrounding farming communities in Nilgen 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.
  • The fire started near the intersection of fire started near the intersection of Ocean Farm Dr and Banksia Way in Nilgen.

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.

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 north easterly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have not been 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or the Shire of Gingin.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, or listen to news bulletins.

More information will be released when known unless the situation changes.