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Firefighters managing blaze that triggered bushfire advice warning near Albany airport in Drome on Tuesday

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Volunteer firefighters at the Drome bushfire on Tuesday.
Camera IconVolunteer firefighters at the Drome bushfire on Tuesday. Credit: Laurie Benson

Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze that has been burning since Tuesday afternoon near the Albany airport.

At 9am on Wednesday a bushfire advice was still in place for southern parts of Drome, with heavy smoke in the area and authorities urging those driving in the area to take care.

The blaze is not contained or controlled but there is still no threat to lives or homes.

Firefighters on Wednesday were strengthening containment lines and conducting controlled back burns.

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A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the fire was reported about 1.56pm at a property near Gunn Road in Drome and confirmed it was a registered burn that had gone out of control.

Warm conditions fuelled the fire on Tuesday afternoon with 18 firefighters from six volunteer crews on the ground battling the blaze and building containment lines.

Smoke from the fire in Drome.
Camera IconSmoke from the fire in Drome. Credit: Laurie Benson

The initial bushfire advice was issued at 3pm on Tuesday saying there was no immediate threat but the fire was causing a lot of smoke.

Those in the area are need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

Crews from six different volunteer brigades have been dispatched to fight the fire, which started near the intersection of Gunn Road and Albany Highway.

The City of Albany is managing the fire.

What to do:

- Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.

- Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

- Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air-conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.

- Read through your bushfire survival plan.

- If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation gets worse. You can make a plan by visiting My Bushfire Plan.

If driving:

- Be extremely careful when driving through the area.

- Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.

- Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

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

- If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

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