Fire crews on scene of bushfire in Erskine

Firefighters are battling a bushfire in Erskine. PIC: Supplied

Firefighters are on the scene of a bushfire in Erskine.

The fire is understood to be burning in the Len Howard Conservation Park.

It was reported around 1.10pm on Wednesday.

Air support has also been sent in to assist firefighters on the ground.

PIC: Supplied

LATEST DFES ALERT: 

Bushfire ADVICE for coastal parts of ERSKINE in the CITY OF MANDURAH

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in an area bounded by STICKS BOULEVARD to the north, BOUNDARY ISLAND to the east, OAKLEIGH DRIVE to the south and OLD COAST ROAD to the west in coastal parts of ERSKINE in the CITY OF MANDURAH.

  • 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 LEN HOWARD CONSERVATION PARK in ERSKINE.

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 slowly in a north easterly direction.

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 CITY OF MANDURAH.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.

DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:

Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 01:10 PM on 30 December 2020.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.

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