The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Please note the alert level for this fire has been upgraded.
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people bounded by Willowdale Road, Johnston Road, Somers Road, Coronation Road and Nanga Brook Road including Waroona townsite in the Shire of Waroona.
· You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
· The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as fire behaviour has escalated.
· Homes are under threat by fire now.
· The fire started in Lane Poole Reserve.
· The bushfire is moving fast in a westerly direction .
· It is out of control and unpredictable.
· Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.
WHAT TO DO (EAST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY):
· For people east of South Western Highway, it is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.
· You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
· Go to a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
· Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
· You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.
· Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.
· If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.
PLACE OF LAST RESORT:
If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is local open space, a shed, swimming pool, dam or building where you may go to seek shelter from a bushfire. This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire. Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
WHAT TO DO (WEST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY):
· For people west of South Western Highway, you can leave in a westerly direction. If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
· There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
· It is not safe to stay and defend your home, your best chance for survival is to leave now.
· Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
· If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
An evacuation centre has been set up at Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road in Pinjarra.
Nanga Road is closed between Nanga Brook Road and Driver Road.
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are working to protect lives and property and are building containment lines.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Twitter @WAParksWildlife, listen to ABC local radio, or news bulletins.
Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
A new alert may have been issued for this incident.
Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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