* Please note changes under alert level warning area, a bushfire advice has been issued for west of Forrest Highway to the coast. Changes to road closure information.
*It is anticipated that Forrest Highway will reopen this morning. People should contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit mainroads.wa.gov.au for more information.
* Lake Clifton/Herron, Cookernup, Harvey and Waroona residents can now return to their properties through vehicle control points. It is not safe for people in Preston Beach to leave until final clearance of the road has been undertaken.
* 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 remains in place for people in an area bounded by Coronation Road, Nanga Brook Road, east of Murray River to the Muja-Boddington Powerline, south to Dee Vee Road, west to Harvey-Quindanning Road, Uduc Road, Forestry Road, Forrest Highway and north to Peppermint Grove Road.
This includes the area east of Waroona, Hamel, Harvey townsite, Cookernup and Yarloop and surrounding areas. It doesn't include the Waroona townsite.
• The watch and act area has been extended due to a breakout on the south eastern boundary and forecast weather conditions.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes and conditions in the area are unsafe.
• Firefighters are undertaking back burning operations in the south eastern boundary to contain the spread of fire into inaccessible terrain.
• This means smoke may be visible from Harvey, Boddington, Dwellingup, Waroona and surrounds.
• Milder conditions with moderate winds should assist firefighters to strengthen and consolidate containment lines overnight.
• The fire is contained, except for the south east corner, but not yet controlled.
• The majority of the fire is stationary, however some hop-overs and flare ups are still occurring.
• In the south east corner the fire is moving slowly in a south easterly direction.
WHAT TO DO:
• If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations.
• Stay aware of your surroundings and check a variety of information sources. If conditions worsen take action immediately for your own safety.
• Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected.
• Lake Clifton, Herron, Cookernup, Harvey and Waroona residents can now return to their properties through vehicle control points on the South Western Highway.
• Roadblocks are still in place and residents will need to show authorities that they are local residents to gain access.
• If you are returning to the area, please be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Watch for emergency services personnel working on site.
• Access to the public remains closed.
Evacuation centres have been established at:
• Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
• Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.
A community meetings has been scheduled for today Tuesday 12 January 2016 at Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind at 1.00pm.
There is no scheduled meeting at the Murray Leisure Centre at 16 Camp Road in Pinjarra, however DFES Community Liaison personnel will be available to residents throughout the day.
A bushfire advice has been issued for people west of Forrest Highway to the coast from Dorsett Road to Binningup.
This includes the Forrest Highway Reserve.
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people north of the Waroona townsite.
This includes the area bounded by Old Bunbury Road, Forrest Highway, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road, South Western Highway, Tallathalla Road, along the Murray River to Murray River Road. It also includes Preston Beach, Lake Clifton and the townsite of Waroona.
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people south of the Harvey townsite.
This includes the area bounded by Forrest Highway, South of Forestry Road and Uduc Road and Harvey Quindanning Road, Collie Tallanalla, Old Collie Road to South Western Highway, then in a line west to Forrest Highway to Forestry Road. It also includes Binningup, Myalup and Pamelup Estate.
• 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.
It is anticipated that Forrest Highway (both directions) from Pinjarra Road to Myalup Beach Road will be reopened to traffic this morning. For more information call Main Roads on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
• 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:
• Old Coast Road (both directions) from Old Bunbury Road to Forrest Highway
• South Western Highway (both directions) from Greenlands Road to Dixon Road
Further road closures are in place within the area, including:
• Nanga Road between Murray River bridge and Driver Road
• Nanga Brook Road, east of Scarp Road
• Forestry Road between Forrest Highway and Uduc 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
• All roads off Forrest Highway between Forrestry Road and Dorsett Road remain closed, including Preston Beach 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
• Munda Biddi Trail is closed between Dwellingup and Gastaldo Road
• 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 will continue with suppression activities including back burning overnight on the south east corner.
• Firefighters will continue to strengthen and consolidate containment lines.
• Firefighters will continue to attack, contain and mop up hop-overs as they occur.
• Interstate fire crews are continuing to provide support.
• Aerial support is scheduled to assist ground crews in the morning.
• There are over 250 fire and emergency services personnel responding to the fire overnight. Firefighters are using more than 72 appliances as well as 23 earth moving machines.
• 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 71,410 hectares have been burnt.
• 169 properties including 128 houses and 41 other structures including sheds, caravans, bridges, community and commercial properties 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 327 kilometres.
• 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.
Please note that material donations are not required at this stage. Monetary donations can be made through the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund. 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.
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