Weather & Emergency Information
Road Conditions & Updates
Parks and Wildlife Service
Park Alerts System - Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
For information about access roads into national parks, trails and tracks. The Parks and Wildlife Service works to ensure the natural assets of Western Australia are conserved, protected and valued. If you're planning a visit to Western Australia's national and marine parks, visit our Explore Parks WA website.
Aiming to reduce injury, loss of life and destruction of property in the community through proactive measure, DFES helps the West Australian community prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from an emergency.
Volunteer Marine Rescue In the Kimberley DFES’s regional office is based in Broome at:
Kimberley DFES House
Cnr Carnarvon and Frederick Streets
Locked Bag 2743, Broome WA 6725
ABC Kimberley Radio
You can stream via www.abc.net.au/kimberley or listen at:
675 AM Broome
873 AM Derby
105.9 FM Argyle
819 AM Kununurra
1017 AM Wyndham
Travelling during Bushfire Season
If you plan to travel in bushfire season it’s essential you know what to do if you encounter a bushfire. Every year, people are killed or seriously injured by bushfires. If you’re travelling or staying near bushland, fire is a real risk for you.
Follow these DFES tips to stay safe when travelling this bushfire season.
WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY KIT
Before leaving on a road trip, it is essential to have a potentially life-saving emergency kit packed. Your kit should include essential items such as:
- AM/FM portable radio
- Spare batteries
- First aid kit
- Woollen blankets
- Drinking water
- Sturdy shoes
- Full-coverage cotton or woollen clothing
- Detailed printed map of the area where you’ll be travelling
TOTAL FIRE BAN
A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is issued for days when fires will be very difficult to control and are most likely to threaten lives and property. On a TFB day, all open-air fire activity is prohibited, including campfires, cookers and ovens that use solid fuel like wood or charcoal. Restricted and prohibited burning times are put in place during periods of high bushfire threat. Restriction times and restricted activities can differ between local governments, so it’s essential to check the local rules and current information of each place you plan to visit. You can find out if a TFB has been declared in your area here, or by calling the TFB information line on 1800 709 355.
TRAVELLING WITH A CARAVAN
Make sure your caravan is as safe as possible by:
- Making sure your caravan has a smoke alarm, fire extinguisher and fire blanket.
- Securing your electrical and gas equipment and making sure it is appropriately fitted, in good working order, and turned off while travelling.
STAY UP TO DATE
When you are travelling, the best way to get bushfire information is via ABC local radio. In a major bushfire, ABC local radio will communicate emergency broadcast across all radio programs approximately every 15 minutes. You can find the frequency for specific areas here or by calling 1300 13 9994.
FIRE DANGER RATINGS IN WA
The Fire Danger Rating (FDR) tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. The higher the FDR, the more severe the bushfire is expected to be. It is vital that you are aware of the FDR for the areas you plan to travel in. You can find all of the current FDRs for WA here.
TIP: Most Local Governments have roadside signs showing the current FDR for that area, so keep an eye out.
Fire can come from any direction and paths can quickly become blocked. You should always be aware of your surroundings and look for signs of a bushfire, such as seeing or smelling smoke.
When the fire danger rating is high, have a back-up destination. A city or town may be safer than a bushland area. If you plan to visit a bushfi re risk area, be prepared to change your travel plans at short notice should a fire start.
If you are staying overnight, make a fire plan that includes any existing bushfire safety plans for the area where you are staying. This plan should include more than one route to leave the area.
WHEN IS BUSHFIRE SEASON IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA?
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER A BUSHFIRE WHILE DRIVING
Bushfires can affect roads and highways, leading to reduced visibility and even road closures. Before you head out, always check road conditions first by contacting Main Roads WA on 138 138 or using this Travel Map to find current alerts, road works or traffic issues.
If you see signs of a bushfire in the distance, like smoke or flames, carefully pull over to the side of the road to assess the situation and call triple zero. If it is safe to do so, turn around and leave the area immediately. If you become trapped by a fire:
- Find an area off the roadway with little or no vegetation where you can park your car. Don’t park too close to other cars.
- Face your car towards the oncoming fire.
- Stay in your car. The engine may be left running so the headlights can operate and not flatten the battery.
- Turn headlights and hazard warning lights on.
- Close all doors and windows, shut air vents and turn off air conditioning.
- Get down below window level and cover your body with any woollen or cotton blankets or clothes.
- As the fire front approaches, the intensity of the heat will increase along with of smoke and embers.
- Smoke gradually gets inside the car and fumes will be released from the interior of the car. Stay close to the floor to minimise inhalation.
- Stay in the car until the fire front has passed and the temperature has dropped outside.
- Once the fire front has passed and the temperature has dropped, cautiously exit the vehicle.
- Move to a safe area e.g. an area that has already burnt.
- Stay covered in woollen blankets and await assistance.
Whenever you are staying in a bushfire prone area overnight, be sure to:
- Find out the bushfire safety plans in place in the area.
- Find out where you can shelter safely nearby, in case you need to leave.
- Ask for information on alternative routes to leave the area.
- Always take advice from emergency services personnel if a bushfire occurs.
Save these important numbers into your mobile phone and write them down:
- DFES information line: 13 33 37
- National Relay Service for hearing impaired: 1800 555 630
- Reporting fires or emergency situations: 000
During an emergency, stay up to date by:
DOWNLOAD THE FOLLOWING DFES GUIDES:
- Travelling During a Bushfire
- Bushfire Warning System
- Bushfire Traveller's Checklist
- How Do I Keep Informed?
- Homeowners Bushfire Survival Manual
- Safer Places in a Bushfire
- Sheltering in Your Home
- Bushfire Risks and Dangers
- Bushfire Preparation Toolkit
In Australia, we use the Bushfire Warning System. If you are not familiar with the differences between Advice, Watch and Act, Emergency Warning and All Clear, please learn them so you can follow advice given. If you live in a bushfire risk area you need to understand the Fire Danger Ratings and Bushfire Warning Systems, stay informed, monitor local conditions and make your own decisions. The alerts provide information on the severity
of bushfires once it has started. The alert level reflects the risk to life and property.
The radiant heat from a fire can kill from two football fields away. Plan to Be Safe and Leave Early.
DFES emergency information line: 13 3337
Be Flood Smart
Australia has a history of floods, causing devastating human and economic impact.
Floods are a natural process influenced largely by the weather and driven by the amount of rainfall and length of time it falls. After heavy rainfall, rivers, creeks and catchments may overflow this type of flooding is most common in Australia and is known as riverine flooding.
Western Australia (WA) is the largest state in Australia with a vast range of climatic conditions and seasonal changes that influence and increase the potential for flooding.
If you live or travel in a flood prone region, then you need to prepare for the possibility of a flood endangering you, your family and impacting your property, even isolating you from the community and essential services.
Download the guide to stay Flood Smart!