*Please see warning area map attached below.
*Please note no changes to the previous alert.
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT remains for people in an area south of Forestry Road and Uduc Road, west of Hocart Road and South Western Highway, north of Mitchell Road and Treasure Road and east of Forrest Highway.
This includes Wokalup townsite, Thornton Housing Estate and Myalup Freshwater Lakes Estate in the Shire of Harvey.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes if the fire breaches containment lines.
• The community needs to remain vigilant as conditions may change.
• You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
• Pockets of unburnt vegetation are burning within the fire area.
• Forecast wind and heat over the next 24 hours are expected to produce challenging conditions for firefighters.
• The bushfire is contained but not controlled.
• The fire is currently stationary.
• Wind changes are expected to occur throughout the day.
WHAT TO DO:
• If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
• If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
• If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
• 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.
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
• Please ensure you take ample water and look after yourself, your family and pets during the hot weather.
• People in the Uduc area should leave via Forestry Road heading eastwards towards Harvey away from the fire.
• People in Myalup Lakes Estate should leave in a westerly direction towards Forrest Highway away from the fire.
• People north of Herbert Road and Rodgers Road should leave in a northerly direction away from the fire if safe to do so.
• People south of Herbert Road and Rodgers Road should leave in a southerly direction away from the fire if safe to do so.
The Department of Child Protection and Family Support has set up a temporary evacuation centre at the Leschenault Leisure Centre on Leisure Drive, Australind.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in an area south of Uduc Road and Harvey-Quindanning Road, west of Staples Road and Hadfield Road, north of Sandalwood Road and east of South Western Highway and Hocart Road. This includes the Harvey townsite.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in an area south of Crampton Road, west of Field Road, north of Forestry Road and east of Forrest Highway.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in an area south of Finn Road, west of Forrest Highway and north of Valentine Road, including the townsites of Myalup and Binningup.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in an area south of Treasure Road, west of Campbell Road, north of Marriott Road and east of Forrest Highway.
Although there is no immediate danger for people in these areas you need to be aware and keep up to date.
• 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.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site
The following roads are closed:
• Forestry Road at Forrest Highway
• Wellesley Road North at Treasure Road
• Wellesley Road North at Forrest Highway
• Pead Road at Forrest Highway
• Myalup Beach Road at Forrest Highway
• Myalup Road at Thornton Drive
• Rodgers Road at Government Road
• Leitch Road at Government Road
• Clarke Road at Forestry Road
Other roads in the vicinity may also be closed.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
PREPARE FOR HOT DAYS AHEAD:
With hot temperatures and warm nights expected in the coming days you need to take precautions to avoid heat stress. For more information visit the Department of Health website at www.health.wa.gov.au.
Western Power advises that the fire is affecting the electricity supply for customers in the South West.
Supply has been restored to affected customers overnight, however, the fire is burning near transmission lines that serve the region and power poles may have been damaged.
For information on power interruptions, please visit Western Power’s website at www.westernpower.com.au
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Firefighters are protecting houses and infrastructure in the area.
• Approximately 150 firefighters from DFES, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife are on scene.
• Firefighters are strengthening containment lines, mopping up and patrolling the fire boundary.
• The fire was reported at 2.30pm on 7 February 2016.
• The size of the fire is approximately 1120 hectares.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• DFES is managing the fire with the assistance of an interagency management team.
People who have been affected by the fire are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at register.redcross.org.au or at an evacuation centre. People who wish to enquire about the location of family or friends can do so online at 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 two hours unless the situation changes.
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