A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains in place for people in an area bounded by the coastline to Old Bunbury Road, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road, South Western Highway to Tallathalla Road, south of the Murray River, Yarrigil Form, Murray Road, Long Gully Road, Harvey-Quindanning Road, Weir Road, Uduc Road, Forestry Road, Myalup Beach Road to the coast.
This includes Waroona, Hamel, Cookenup, Yarloop, Harvey, Myalup, Preston Beach and Lake Clifton.
• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• It is not safe to leave these locations, excluding Lake Clifton, where it is safe to leave in a northerly direction along Old Coast Road.
• For all other areas south of Riverdale Road, where it is safe to leave, leave if the way is clear in a southerly direction.
• For people in Harvey townsite and surrounding areas, leave south along South Western Highway
• The fire remains uncontained and out of control.
• East to north easterly winds will continue throughout the day.
• The bushfire is moving fast in a south westerly direction.
• The bushfire has crossed Forrest Highway near Peppermint Grove Road and Old Coast Road.
• The fire has crossed South Western Highway near Yarloop.
• 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:
• If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
• If you cannot leave you need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
• You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.
• Go to a room away from the fire front and do not move until the alert level has been downgraded and the threat has passed.
• Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
• 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 a local open space, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
• This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
• Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
Evacuation centres have been established at:
• Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
• Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.
Please note: donations are not required at this stage.
The following community meetings have been scheduled for tomorrow:
• 11.30am at the Waroona Recreation Centre, Hill Street, Waroona
• 1.00pm at the Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind
• 2.00pm at the Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra
Please note times may be subject to change.
A bushfire WATCH and Act remains for people in 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 Binningup and the suburb of Wellesley.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.
• You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
• 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, please consider that you may be directed to leave if conditions worsen.
• 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.
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
Travel in a southerly direction away from the fire.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the areas of Brunswick, Australind, Leschenault, Eaton, Roelands, and Millbridge.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the area of 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.
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.
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 number of main roads have been closed including:
• Forrest Highway (both directions) from Pinjarra Road to Raymond Road
• Old Coast Road (both directions) from Lakeside Parkway to Forrest Highway
• South Western Highway (both directions) from Greenlands Road to Coalfields Highway
Further road closures are in place within the area, including:
• Old Bunbury Road between Forrest Highway and South Western Highway
• Nanga Road - between Murray River bridge and Driver Road
• Uduc Road / Harvey Quindanning Road at South Western Highway
• Myalup Beach Road between Forrest Highway and Forestry Road
• Forestry Road between Forrest Highway and Uduc Road
• If you are 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.
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.
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:
• Firefighters are undertaking asset protection along the northern, southern and western areas.
• There are over 200 firefighters and support staff responding to the fire.
• Firefighters are using more than 50 appliances including 38 heavy machines.
• Firefighters are continuing to build containment lines around the fire and control flare ups.
• An Emergency Situation has been declared for the Shires of Harvey and Waroona.
• 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 62,000 hectares have been burnt.
• The fire perimeter is in excess of 222km.
• An inter-agency Incident Management Team comprising DFES, Parks and Wildlife and local government is managing the fire.
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK via https://register.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, call the State Enquiry Centre Line on 1800 015 337or in person at an Evacuation Centre.
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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