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A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in an area bounded by Willowdale Road, Johnston Road, Forrest Highway, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road and Nanga Brook Road, including the Waroona townsite, in the Shire of Waroona.
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is also in place for people in Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona.
• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• Homes are under threat by fire now.
• The fire started in Lane Poole Reserve. It is burning on both sides of the South Western Highway.
• 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: (PRESTON BEACH and 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.
• For people in Preston Beach it is also too late to leave. If you are unable to actively defend your home you should shelter at the beach.
• 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.
WHAT TO DO: (WEST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY, EXCLUDING PRESTON BEACH)
• 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 you 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.
PLACE OF LAST RESORT:
• If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, 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.
An evacuation centre has been established at Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Forrest Highway is closed between Greenlands Road and Raymond Road.
• South Western Highway is closed between Coolup townsite and Johnston Road.
• Nanga Road is closed between Nanga Brook Road and Driver Road.
• Old Bunbury Road is closed between Old Coast Road and Forrest Highway.
Heavy haulage should check Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
The following recreation sites are closed:
• The Bibbulmun Track, between Yarragil Form and Driver Road.
• The Munda Biddi Trail, between Nanga Mill and Driver Road.
• The Captain Fawcett 4WD track.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Approximately 100 firefighters are working at the scene.
• Firefighters are using more than 40 appliances, including 5 dozers and 3 loaders.
• Aerial support will be sent to assist at first light.
• The fire was reported at 7.25am on 6 January 2016.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• Telephone text and voice messages have been issued.
• More than 11,000 hectares have been burnt.
• The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK in person at the Evacuation Centre or via www.register.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device.
If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires visit the Red Cross website www.register.redcross.org.au
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio, or news bulletins.
Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.
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