Bushfires Update - 30th December 2024

Published on Saturday, 30 December 2023 at 12:24:00 PM

Bushfires Update - 30th December 2024

At this time, there are still 6 fires active in the Shire of Esperance. The mammoth effort by our volunteer firefighters and property owners to monitor and fight these fires is commendable and so appreciated.

So where are we at:

Neds Corner Fire – Level: Bushfire Advice. Managed by DFES. This fire is stationary. It is contained but not controlled. Crews from Gnowangerup, Denmark, Kendenup and Albany are monitoring this fire and the one on Fields Rd. The following roads are still closed:

  • Yerritup Road
  • Beltana Road
  • Griffiths Road
  • Grass Patch Road
  • Field Road
  • Neds Corner Road

Buraminya Fires – Level: Bushfire Advice. Managed by Shire of Esperance. These fires are being monitored.

Ridley Fire – Managed by Shire of Esperance. This is being monitored by local brigades.

Fisheries Road (Track) is now open. This track was closed earlier in the week due to a bushfire in Cape Arid National Park. DBCA are managing and monitoring this fire.

Our sincerest thank you to those crews who have come in to help and offer respite to our brigades.

The complexities of these fires, especially the Neds Corner Fire, see us move into a Recovery Phase. We believe the recovery will include some infrastructure, but will mainly be the welfare and mental wellbeing of our firefighters and their families and community.

All volunteer firefighters within the Shire and their families can access free counselling through DFES or the Shire. We urge you to please reach out. Do not move through the next few months alone. At this time, to access these services please call Mel Ammon on 90710677. You can be assured these calls are confidential. Please reach out to your Doctor for a Welfare or Mental Health Appointment for crisis care.

Our rural communities are going through a heartbreaking time. Please respect the privacy of the families and friends affected by these devastating events.

It is completely normal to experience a range of emotions if you are directly or indirectly affected by bushfires. These may happen immediately, but sometimes much later, and may affect sleep, mood, anxiety and daily routines. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever. We encourage you to reach out to one of the services below or meet with your GP.

Australian Psychological Society - 1800 333 497

Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636

Crisis Care - 9223 1111

Department of Communities - 1800 176 888

Family Support Network - 1800 199 008

Headspace (counselling service)  (03) 9027 0100 (National Office)

Healthdirect - 1800 022 222

Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800

Lifeline - 13 11 14

Mensline Australia - 1300 789 978

Mental Health Emergencies - 1300 555 788

Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467

The Samaritans - 13 52 47

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