• 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. ALERT LEVEL:A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Johnston Road, Willowdale Road, Forrest Highway, Riverdale Road and Logue Brook Dam and Clarke Road to Nanga Road, in the Shire of Waroona• There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and conditions are changing.• You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
WHAT TO DO:• If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.• You should leave in southern direction if it is safe to do so. • 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.• If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations 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.
ROAD CLOSURES:A number of roads have been closed at the following locations:• Forrest Highway Pinjarra Road• Old Coast Road & Old Bunbury Road• Forrest Highway, Old Bunbury Road and Dorsett Road• Old Bunbury Road at Forrest Highway• Forrest Highway at Greenlands Road• South Western Highway at Coolup Road East• South Western Highway at McLarty Street Waroona• Nanga Road at Murray River Bridge• Tallanalla Road at Driver Road• South Western Highway at Uduc Road• Forrest Highway at Myalup Road• Forrest Highway at Forestry Road• Uduc Road and Harvey Quindaining Road at South Western Highway• Preston Beach Road at Mitchell Road• King Street at South Western Highway• Johnston Road at Forrest Highway• Forrest Highway at Raymond Road • South Western Highway at Coalfields Highway
Main Roads advises: • If your heading north to Perth an alternative route to take is Coalfields Highway to Albany Highway. • If you are heading south from Perth an alternative route to take is Albany Highway to Coalfields 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• Yalgorup National Park south of Mt John Road including Martins Tank campsite, Heathlands walk trail, Lake Pollard walk trail and Haywood day use site on Preston Beach Road• Lake Brockman Tourist Park• Hoffman Mill • Logue Brook Dam.
POWER:Western Power has advised that there are electricity interruptions as a result of the bushfire. Customers without power are encouraged to make alternative plans on the basis that power is not likely to be restored today.For further details visit www.westernpower.com.au.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:• There are over 200 firefighters and support staff responding to the fire.• Firefighters are using more than 23 appliances, including 5 dozers and 3 loaders to establish containment lines along the northern boundary and west of the South Western Highway.• Firefighters are undertaking asset protection along the southern boundary.• Aerial support is assisting firefighters on the ground.
EXTRA INFORMATION:• 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 21,000 hectares have been burnt. • The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS: Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK in person at the Evacuation Centre or via https://register.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or call the State Enquiry Centre Line on 1800 015 337. If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires visit the Red Cross website https://register.redcross.org.au.
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