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  • Bushfire Advice for Tom Price

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the Tom Price townsite and the Western Turner mine site in Tom Price in the SHIRE OF ASHBURTON.  There are a number of road closures in place and we urge people to monitor the situation via the updates available on Emergency WA

    • 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.
    • There is fire burning on the north western side of the Tom Price town site. There is also fire activity south of the Western Turner mine site.

    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 slowly in a south westerly direction.

    It is out of control and unpredictable.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 

    The following roads have been closed:

    • Nanutarra-Munjina Road, from Paraburdoo-Tom Price Road to Bingarn Road
    • Bingarn Road, from Nanutarra Road to Tom Price.
    • Nameless Valley Road from Nanutarra-Munjina Road to Mine Road.

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
     

    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 by contacting the SHIRE OF ASHBURTON.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    Firefighters are actively fighting the fire, strengthening containment lines, protecting assets and patrolling the area.

    32 career, volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services and Rio Tinto Emergency Response Teams firefighters are attending.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    The fire was reported at 02:12 PM on 8 October 2017 and currently there has been approximately 30,000 hectares burnt.

    The cause of the fire is unknown.

    People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    DFES 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 or listen to news bulletins. 
     

     

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