Lightning strike causes bushfire along highway

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

A bushfire advice has been issued for drivers travelling past Area C and Yandi mine sites on the Great Northern Highway.

Caused by lightning yesterday afternoon, the unpredictable flames have burnt 3000 hectares of bushland so far and is moving fast in a southerly direction.

Although there is no immediate danger, there is a lot of smoke in the area as the fire burns parallel with the highway.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advices travellers to be careful while driving, turn on headlights, slow down and look out for emergency personnel.

Roads have not yet been closed, however motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

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Firefighters are on the scene and the Shire of East Pilbara manages the flames.

To keep up to date visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au or call 13 DFES.

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