The following alert has been issued by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT remains in place for people in areas south of Devils Creek Road and Pabellup Drive including the Bremer Bay townsite and areas south to the coast, south west of Point Ann Road and east of Meechi Road to the coast in the Shire of Jerramungup.
The fire is not fully contained or controlled.There is a possible threat to lives and homes as conditions are changing. There are north-north-westerly winds forecast for Wednesday that will test containment lines on the southern boundary of the fire. These winds will push any escapes towards the town.In the event of a break out from containment lines and a fire burning into Bremer Bay, the Point Henry subdivision is not considered to be defendable by firefighters or residents. If there is a break out there will not be time for a doorknock evacuation to be issued.Point Henry and Bremer Bay residents should leave early to stay with family or friends at a location away from Bremer Bay. Alternatively, the Boxwood Hill Sports Club will be open for people to relocate. As a last resort people can relocate to the Bremer Bay Sports Club until the fire weather conditions have eased. Residents returning home overnight need to leave early tomorrow morning due to strong north-north-westerly winds that are forecast by 6am.WHAT TO DO:
• Put your bushfire survival plan into action.• If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear. • 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. • 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.
RELOCATION ROUTES:People leaving early can travel via Bremer Bay Road.
SCHOOL CLOSURES: Bremer Bay Primary School will remain closed on Wednesday (5 December).
ROAD CLOSURES:A number of roads have been closed including:* Ocumup Road between Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Swamp Road* Swamp Road between Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Meechi Road* Gordon Inlet Road, also known locally as the sandbar crossing* Doubtful Islands Road, north east of Bremer Bay* Murray Road between Devils Creek South Road and Doubtful Islands Road* Quiss Road between South Coast Highway and Point Ann Road* Point Anne Road between Pabellup Road and Point Ann Road* Pabellup Drive between Devils Creek Road and Point Ann Road There is a lot of visible smoke. Motorists should avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. Road closures are likely to remain in place until the end of the week.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:The fire has a break around its perimeter but north-north-westerly winds are forecast tomorrow, which may put pressure on containment lines that have been put in place to protect the town.
The fire has crossed the Bremer River and Gordon Inlet Road, and Doubtful Islands Road in parts and has entered the Fitzgerald River National Park. The western portion of the national park is closed. An estimated 11,170 hectares have been burnt.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:130 personnel from local bushfire brigades, Volunteer Emergency Service, WA Police, Forest Products Commission, DEC and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services are assisting with the fire suppression effort.
Firefighters are continuing to patrol containment lines to protect the Bremer Bay townsite.
One type 1 helicopter and two fixed wing water bombers are available to assist ground crews.
CAUSE:The fire was started by lightning.
AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:DEC is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:Visit www.dec.wa.gov.au, www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 1300 657 209 or listen to news bulletins.Updates will be provided every two hours unless the situation changes.
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