* Please note there are no
changes from the previous alert.
* It is not safe for people in Preston Beach to leave due to
debris across the road.
* 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 WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in an area bounded by Corornation Road, Nanga Brook Road, 3 kilometres east of Murray River down to Harvey-Quindanning Road, Uduc Road, Forestry Road and Forrest Highway. The alert for this area has been downgraded due to favourable weather conditions, bushfire behaviour and the efforts of firefighters on the ground.
This includes the area east of Waroona, Hamel, Harvey townsite, Cookernup and Yarloop and surrounding areas. It doesn't include the Waroona townsite.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes and conditions in the area are unsafe.
• Mild weather conditions overnight are assisting firefighters.
• The fire is contained but not controlled.
• The fire is currently stationary with a few active pockets around the fire perimeter.
WHAT TO DO:
• If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations, 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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions are unsafe.
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area. If you leave the area, you may not be permitted to return until the fire is under control.
Evacuation centres have been established at:
• Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
• Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.
Please note that material donations are not required at this stage. Monetary donations can be made through the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund.
Community meetings have been scheduled for 11 January at the following locations at times:
• Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind at 1:00pm
• Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra at 2:00pm
A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in an area bounded by Old Bunbury Road, across Forrest Highway to Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road, South Western Highway, Tallanalla Road, along the Murray River to Murray River Road. The alert for this area has been downgraded due to favourable weather conditions and bushfire behaviour.
A bushfire ADVICE is in place for Preston Beach and Lake Clifton including the Waroona townsite. The alert for this area has been downgraded due to favourable weather conditions and bushfire behaviour.
A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in an area bounded by Forestry Road, Uduc Road, Harvey Quindanning Road, Collie-Tallanalla Road, Worsley Conveyor Belt, Worsley Train line to Brunswick Junction, north on the South West Hwy to Marriott Road, Forrest Highway to Forestry Road. The alert for this area has been downgraded due to favourable weather conditions and bushfire behaviour.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people west of Forrest Highway from Pamelup Estate to Binningup townsite including the townsite of Myalup.
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.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation changes.
• 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 bushfire ALL CLEAR has been issued for people in an area bounded by Marriott Road, South Western Highway, Sandalwood Road, Big Tree Road, Mornington Road, Myles Avenue, South Western Highway, Mitchell Road west to Wellesley Road, Forrest Highway south to Marriott Road.
This includes the suburb of Wellesley.
• The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
• 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.
• Drive with caution due to livestock across the roads in some areas.
The following roads remain closed with no time frame for reopening:
• Forrest Highway (both directions) from Pinjarra Road to Myalup Beach Road
• Old Coast Road (both directions) from Old Bunbury Road to Forrest Highway
• South Western Highway (both directions) from Greenlands Road to Uduc Road
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
• Nanga Brook Road, east of Scarp Road
• Forestry Road between Forrest Highway and Marriott Road
• Collie-Tallanalla Road between Harvey-Quindanning Road and Dupont Road
• Kent Road between Harvey-Quindanning Road and Collie-Tallanalla Road
• Honeymoon Road between Harvey-Quindanning Road and South Western Highway
• Dupont Road between Harvey-Quindanning Road and Collie-Tallanalla Road
• If you are travelling south from Perth, you can seek an alternative route via Albany Highway to Coalfields Highway
• If you are travelling north to Perth, you can seek an alternative route via Coalfields Highway to Albany 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 have made significant progress along the northern boundary, west and east of Waroona.
• Firefighters are undertaking asset protection around affected communities.
• Firefighters will continue to strengthen and consolidate containment lines.
• There are over 450 fire and emergency services personnel responding to the fire. Firefighters are using more than 80 appliances including 28 heavy machines.
• Firefighters will continue to be supported by interstate fire crews today.
• Aerial support will be available if required.
• 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 71,150 hectares have been burnt.
• 143 properties including 128 houses and other structures including sheds, caravans and community buildings have been confirmed lost.
• 68 personnel from New South Wales including 60 firefighters, 5 paramedic and 3 management support staff are assisting local crews.
• The fire perimeter is in excess of 232km.
• 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, in person at an Evacuation Centre or call the State Enquiry Centre Line on 1800 015 337 between 9am and 10pm. These hours may be subject to change.
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.
For animal welfare issues, phone the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) on 9780 6200.
The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund has been activated for the fires in Waroona and surrounding areas.
Details are available at www.appealswa.org.au or by phoning 9461 3886.
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 two hours unless the situation changes.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
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Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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