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A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains for people in Meelon, including people south of Pinjarra-Williams Road, East of Nicholson Road, north of Madison Road and bounded by Scarp Road to the east. This also includes the Murray Hills Estate in the Shire of Murray.
• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• The fire is burning in inaccessible terrain.
• Significant wind changes are expected this morning and may produce spot fires in the area.
• Firefighters are concerned about the erratic and variable winds expected this morning.
• The bushfire is currently stationary but remains unpredictable.
• It is not contained or controlled.
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires may start ahead of the fire.
• Firefighters are expecting the wind to shift from north easterly to north westerly at approximately 10am this morning.
WHAT TO DO:
• If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
• Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
• 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.
• It is not safe to stay and actively defend, your best chance for survival is to leave now.
• If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
• If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
• A temporary evacuation centre has been opened at Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road in Pinjarra.
• If you live in Murray Hills Estate leave via Coolup East Road, Nicholson Road, then travel north to Pinjarra-Williams Road leaving in a westerly direction.
• If you live east of the Murray River bridge on Coolup East Road, turn south into Newman Road, through to Talathalla Road, then west to South Western Highway.
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 where you may go to seek shelter from a bushfire.
• This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
• Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people north of Pinjarra-Williams Road, east of Nicholson Road, south of Napier Road and west of Scarp Road
• 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.
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.
• 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.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people west of Nicholson Road, including Coolup and the South Western Highway
• Although there is no immediate danger for people in these areas you need to be aware and keep up to date.
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people east of Scarp Road. This includes the town of Dwellingup and the Marrinup townsite.
• 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.
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Scarp Road between North Spur Road and Pinjarra-Williams Road
• Pinjarra-Williams Road between Del Park Road and South Western Highway
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or the Shire of Murray
Western Power has advised that some infrastructure has been damaged and parts of Dwellingup are without power.
• Burnside Road east to Dwellingup
For further details visit www.westernpower.com.au.
• Scheme water may not be available due to damage to infrastructure, power cuts or extreme demand.
• If you stay and defend your home you must have an independent water supply and pumping capability.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• 148 career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire Service, SES, Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters, along with personnel from the Shire of Murray, WA Police and St Johns are on the scene.
• Firefighters have saved many homes and sheds in the area. Some fencing has been lost.
• Firefighters are currently working to contain the fire on southern boundary. .
• The fire was reported at 3.29am on Monday 14 March and more than 1,250 hectares have been burnt.
• The cause of the fire is suspicious.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• DFES is managing the fire.
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the evacuation centre.
If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires visit the Red Cross www.redcross.org.au and make and inquiry with Register.Find.Reunite.
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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