Water bombers sent to Pinjar bushfire

Fixed wing water bombers have been sent to help firefighters to put out a bushfire in Pinjar state forest. File picture

A BUSHFIRE advice has been issued for people near Wesco Rd and Hopkins Rd in Pinjar state forest.

The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions issued an alert at 6.43am on Sunday, March 4.

At 7.24am a department spokeswoman said firefighters were on the scene and a number of fixed wing water bombers had been sent to help ground crews.

The alert said the bushfire, which had been reported at 5am had burnt 2ha of land, was moving slowly and not contained.

The cause of the fire is suspicious and people are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 .

The alert said while there was a lot of smoke in the area there was no threat to lives or homes.

“Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes,’’ the alert said.

Motorists are advised to be careful when driving through the area, to 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.’’
Roads have not been closed – road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 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, 6PR, or listen to news bulletins.

The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.