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Default Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING,Ashfield and Bassendean in the Town of Bassendean

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Hardy Road in Ashfield and Bassendean in the Town of Bassendean
Thursday 5 March 2015 - 5:29 PM
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains for people in Hardy Road, between Pearson Street and Reid Street, in the Ashfield and Bassendean, in the Town of Bassendean.


• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• The fire is threatening homes on Hardy Road.
• The fire is burning in the Ashfield Flats, between Hardy Road and the Swan River.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving in a north-north westerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

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.
• If your plan is to stay and actively defend, 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 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.

SAFER PLACE:
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in parts of Ashfield and Bassendean, in an area bounded by Tonkin Highway, Guildford Road and the Swan River.

• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in parts of Ascot and South Guildford, in an area bounded by Tonkin Highway, Great Eastern Highway and the Swan River.

• Although there is no immediate danger for people in these areas you need to be aware and keep up to date.

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.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Hardy Road is closed between Maley Street and Reid Street.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Approximately 50 career Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters are protecting properties in Hardy Road and working to contain the fire.
• Aerial support is assisting ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 3.23pm today and approximately 20 hectares have been burnt.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit DFES Alerts and Warnings, 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 hour unless the situation changes.
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