*Please note no changes to previous alert
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT remains for people south of Napier Road, east of Burnside Road, north of Maddison Road and west of Scarp Road. This also includes the Murray Hills Estate in the Shire of Murray.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is in the area and conditions are changing.
• The bushfire is stationary.
• It is contained and controlled.
• People in the area are reminded to remain vigilant as smoldering areas may produce burning embers.
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.
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
• 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.
• The Murray River Bridge is closed to all traffic.
A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in area bounded by Burnside Road, west to South Western Highway, south to Blake Road, to the Murray River, east to Davis Brooke, north to Wilde Road and west to Scarp Road and south to Maddison Road in the Shire of Murray.
This includes the townsites of East Coolup, Dwellingup and Marrinup.
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
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Pinjarra-Williams Road between Napier Road and Scarp Road.
• Del Park Road at the intersection of Scarp Road.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or contacting the Shire of Murray.
• The Meelon bushfire near Dwellingup has damaged 11 distribution poles on Western Power’s network.
• Western Power has seven crews on site to rebuild the network as soon as it is safe to enter the area.
• Western Power are connecting low voltage generators to provide electricity to the centre of town, the school, the service station and most shops before lunchtime.
• Crews are currently replacing seven ‘backbone’ poles that will allow the Dwellingup townsite to be reconnected by tomorrow.
• Some single spur line customers may not be connected until later in the week, however crews will do their best to have all customers reconnected as soon as possible.
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.
For further details visit www.watercorporation.com.au
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• 100 career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, SES, 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 strengthening containment lines and blacking out areas.
• The fire was reported at 3.29am on Monday 14 March and more than 1,260 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.
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, 6PR or news bulletins.
Updates will be provided every two hours unless the situation changes.
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