Residents, drivers urged to stay alert to fire west of Brand Highway

Staff reporterGeraldton Guardian
A fire east of the Mogumber in 2019.
Camera IconA fire east of the Mogumber in 2019. Credit: Department of Fire and Emergency Services

While there is no immediate danger, residents and travellers are asked to stay alert and informed of changing conditions as a fire continues to burn in Gin Gin and Dandaragan Shires west of the Brand Highway.

A DFES spokesperson said while firefighters were strengthening containment lines and mopping up there was a lot of smoke in the area currently no threat to lives or homes.

“The bushfire is stationary, it is contained and under control,” she said.

“There is a lot of ash and dust blowing over the fireground, reducing visibility along Brand Highway.”

Motorists are asked to avoid driving through the fire area if possible, but if driving could not be avoided to use headlights and drive slowly.

“Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions,” she said.

“If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.”

The fire is located an area bounded by Brand Highway; Nammegarra, Mimegarra and Cowalla Roads; and from the intersection of Orange Springs Road and Nabaroo Road across to Marri Heights Road.

Forty Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending the fire.

It started near the intersection of Brand Highway and Mogumber Road West on Saturday.

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