*Note change under Road Closures.
*Yarloop remains closed to the public.
*Where possible avoid South Western Highway and use Forrest Highway.
*Please consider a monetary donation as material donations are not required.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in Waroona, Cookernup, Preston Beach, Lake Clifton, Hamel, Wagerup, Yarloop, Harvey, Wokalup, Binningup and Myalup in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona.
• There is no threat to lives or homes but there is smoke in the area due to flare ups.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case 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.
• Detours may be in place
• Speed restrictions apply
• 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.
• Forrest Highway is currently open in both directions, however a reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is in place for a 10 km section between Old Coast Road and Ludlow Road.
• Old Coast Road has been reopened
• Where possible avoid South Western Highway and use Forrest Highway.
• There is a diversion in place between Waroona and Harvey for light traffic, please follow signage.
• Motorists are asked to avoid non-essential travel through the area.
• Road users are urged to drive with caution as stray livestock and emergency service vehicles may be in the area.
The following roads remain closed:
• South Western Highway (for heavy haulage) from Greenlands Road to Marriot Road
• Nanga Road between Murray River bridge and Driver Road
• Nanga Brook Road, east of Scarp 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
For more information call Main Roads on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
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 gets worse.
• The bushfire is contained but due to existing weather conditions there may be hop overs and flare ups.
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
The following recreation sites are closed:
• Bibbulmun Track, between Dwellingup and Harvey-Quindanning Road
• Munda Biddi Trail, 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
• North Dandalup Dam
• South Dandalup Dam
• Stirling Dam (Harvey)
• Waroona Dam
• 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
• All water services are fully operational with the exception of Yarloop.
• Two temporary taps have been installed on Johnston Road across from the oval to provide safe drinking water for Yarloop residents that remain in the town.
• Water Corporation has an assistance package for all customers impacted by the bushfire. For further details visit www.watercorporation.com.au/bushfireassistance
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Firefighters are patrolling the area and attending to hop overs and flare ups. Smoke may occasionally be visible from the flare ups.
• Interstate fire crews are continuing to provide support.
• An Emergency Situation was declared for the Shires of Harvey and Waroona on 7 January 2016.
• The fire was reported at 7.25am on 6 January 2016.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• More than 69,000 hectares have been burnt.
• The fire perimeter is in excess of 392 kilometres.
• 181 properties including 162 houses and 18 other structures including sheds, caravans, community and commercial properties have been confirmed lost. A number of bridges have also been lost.
• 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 the Recovery 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.
• For animal welfare issues, phone the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) on 9780 6200.
• For dairy related issues, phone Western Dairy on 0435 174 719.
• For beef and other livestock issues, phone 0437 281 491.
• Please do not make donations to the Waroona Incident Control Centre.
• Material donations are not required at this stage.
• Monetary donations are welcome and can be made through the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund. Details are Available at www.appealswa.org.au or by phoning 9461 3886.
• To make donations of stock feed or farm supplies please liaise with your local Shire Recovery Coordinator.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
The next update will be provided by 11am tomorrow, Monday 18 January, unless the situation changes.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
A new alert may have been issued for this incident.
Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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