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Fire fighters on scene at bushfire in Shannon Nation Park near Manjimup

Ben LoughranManjimup-Bridgetown Times
A bushfire has started in the Shannon National Park, just south of Manjimup.
Camera IconA bushfire has started in the Shannon National Park, just south of Manjimup. Credit: Supplied

An ‘uncontained and uncontrolled’ bushfire has started in the Shannon National Park, located in the Manjimup Shire, however, there is no threat to lives and homes.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises people in the vicinity of Chesapeake Road and Pingerup Road including the Bibbulmun Track to monitor the situation closely and follow DFES instructions as the situation evolves.

No roads have been closed in the area yet, however, motorists are being asked to avoid the area if possible and to drive at a reduced speed if passing through the area due to the massive smoke plume.

DFES say if you are driving through the area to turn your headlights on and drive slowly, watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions and to pull over if you cannot see clearly, but keep your headlights on.

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Due to the blaze, part of the Bibbulmun Track is closed between Dog Pool Hut south to Pingerup Road.

DFES also says anyone who is isolating due to COVID-19 is to find suitable alternative premises and wear a mask if advised to leave the area.

Those in the affected area are permitted to go to suitable alternative premises without putting others at risk.

Alternative suitable premises may include a friend or relative’s house, provided they have their own bedroom, preferably own bathroom, and there are not too many people in the house.

DFES say if you cannot return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.

More to come.

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