* Please note new Bushfire Advice areas.
* Motorists are asked to avoid non essential travel through the area.
* If you must travel please ensure your petrol tank is full before you depart.
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains in place for people in an area bounded by Forrest Highway, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road, South Western Highway, Nanga Brook Road, Dawn Creek Road to Murray River, Murray River to Driver Road, Logue Brook Road, Dupont Road, Tallanalla Road, Harvey-Quindanning Road in the Shires of Waroona and Harvey.
This includes the town sites of Waroona, Hamel, Yarloop and Harvey.
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 at Preston Beach, Lake Clifton, Waroona and Yarloop. It is not safe to leave.
• 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 south westerly direction.
• The bushfire has now crossed Forrest Highway. Flame heights up to 50 metres in State Forest.
• The fire has crossed now South Western Highway near Yarloop.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
• The wind is expected to be north easterly overnight with strong gusts up to 60 km/hr
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.
• The bushfire perimeter is approximately 113 kilometres.
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.
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 Drive, Australind.
The Harvey Recreation Centre evacuation centre is no longer open.
Please note: Donations are not required at this stage.
A community meeting will be held at 8.00pm tonight at Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people north of the EMERGENCY WARNING area in an area bounded by Forrest Highway, Fishermans Road, Coolup Road East, Burnside Road, Dwellingup-Williams Road, Nanga Road, Icy Creek Road, Nanga Brook Road to Waroona, South Western Highway, Mayfield Road, Williamson Road, Dorsett Road.
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people south of the EMERGENCY WARNING area in an area bounded by Marriott Road, South Western Highway, Sandalwood Road, Big Tree Road, Mornington Road, Myles Avenue, Tallanalla Road, Harvey Quindanning Road to Harvey, Forestry Road to Forrest Highway to Marriott Road.
This includes the townships of Myalup and Binningup.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
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.
• 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.
A number of roads have been closed at the following locations:
• Old Coast Road between Old Bunbury Road and Forrest Highway
• Forrest Highway between Pinjarra Road and Forestry Road
• Old Bunbury Road between Forrest Highway and South Western Highway
• South Western Highway between Greenlands Road and Coalfields Highway
• Nanga Road - between Murray River bridge and Driver Road
• Uduc Road / Harvey Quindanning Road at South Western Highway
• Myalup Road between Forrest Highway and Forestry Road
• Forestry Road between Forrest Highway and Uduc Road
• Preston Beach Road between Forrest Highway and Mitchell Road
• King Street, Harvey at South Western Highway
• South Western Highway at McLarty Street, Waroona
• Coronation Road between McNeill Road and Forrest Highway
• Johnston Road between Forrest Highway and South Western Highway
• Motorists are asked to avoid non essential travel through the area.
• If you must travel please ensure your petrol tank is full before you depart. 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 Dwellingup and Harvey-Quindanning Road
• The Munda Biddi Trail, between is closed between Dwellingup and Logue Brook Dam.
• Lane Poole Reserve
• 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
• Waroona Dam and Lake Navarino Holiday Park is closed.
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 until the coming days. 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 48 appliances including 25 heavy machines.
• Firefighters are continuing to strengthen containment lines along the northern boundary and west of the South Western Highway. Firefighters are continuing to build containment lines along the southern boundary.
• Firefighters are undertaking asset protection along the southern and western boundaries.
• Aerial support assisted firefighters today and will return 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 29,000 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 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.
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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