• 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. • The fire started in Lane Poole Reserve. It is burning on both sides of the South Western Highway.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:• The bushfire is moving fast in a south 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. • The bushfire perimeter is approximately 100km.
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, INCLUDING HARVEY. EXCLUDING PRESTON BEACH)• For people west of South Western Highway, you can leave in a westerly direction.• For people in Harvey townsite and surrounding areas, leave in a westerly direction along Udoc and Forestry roads, then south along Forrest Hwy.• 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.EVACUATION CENTRE:An evacuation centre has been established at Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra. An evacuation centre has been established at Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Dr, Australind. The Harvey Recreation Centre evacuation centre is no longer open.Please note: Donations are not required at this stage.
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