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Default Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING -Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for southern part of Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington
Tuesday 3 February 2015 - 9:34 PM
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Pinjarra Williams Road, Lower Hotham Road, Tunnell Road, Fletcher Road, Harvey-Quindanning Road, Stockyard Road, Boundary Road, Trees Road, Myles Avenue, Lancaster Road, Kent Road,Dupont Road, Dooganally Road, Lemercier Road and George Road, in Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington.


You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to the intense fire behaviour and as there have been hop overs on the eastern and western sides.
Homes on the eastern side of Lower Hotham Road will be impacted by bushfire.
The fire started west of Lower Hotham Road and north of Harvey-Quindanning Road.
It is burning in forest on both sides of the Murray River and on both sides of the Hotham River.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a south westerly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
The fire front is 1 kilometres long.
Properties immediately south and west of the Murray River may be threatened by the fire.


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.


SAFEST ROUTE:
If you are on the eastern side of the fire it is safest to leave in an easterly direction away from the fire if safe to do so.

RELOCATION POINT:
A relocation centre has been set up at the Boddington Pavilion, Club Road, Boddington.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:

Lower Hotham Road from Pinjarra-Williams Road to Harvey-Quindanning Road
Harvey-Quindanning Road at the intersection of Quindanning-Darkan Road in the east, and Tallanalla Road in the west.
Roads are open to traffic leaving the area.
The Bibbulmun Track is closed between Yarragil Form (near Dwellingup) and Harris Dam Wall (nearCollie).

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au


POWER:
Western Power has advised that parts of Boddington are without power.
For further details visit Western Power: Home

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Approximately 70 firefighters from DFES, Department of Parks and Wildlife and volunteer bushfire brigades will work throughout the night strengthen existing containment lines and establish new containment lines where possible.
State Emergency Service, Western Power and traffic management staff are also in attendance.
Firefighters are undertaking asset protection and strengthening containment lines along the southern and eastern boundaries of the fire.
Aerial support cannot operate in the dark and has been released from the incident. If needed, they will return at first light.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 3.13pm on 31 January 2015.
Approximately 6000 hectares have been burnt.
The cause of the fire is lightning.
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, or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.

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Default Re: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING -Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for southern part of Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington
Wednesday 4 February 2015 - 11:10 AM
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Pinjarra Williams Road, Lower Hotham Road, Tunnell Road, Fletcher Road, Harvey-Quindanning Road, Stockyard Road, Boundary Road, Trees Road, Myles Avenue, Lancaster Road, Kent Road, Dupont Road, Dooganally Road, Lemercier Road and George Road, in Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington.

• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to the intense fire behaviour and fire hopovers on the eastern and western sides.
• Homes on the eastern side of Lower Hotham Road will be impacted by bushfire.
• The fire started west of Lower Hotham Road and north of Harvey-Quindanning Road.
• It is burning in forest on both sides of the Murray River and on both sides of the Hotham River.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving fast in a south and south westerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
• Firefighters are expecting the wind to change to a north-north westerly direction at approximately 11.00am this morning.
This means that the fire will travel in a southern direction with a potential change in fire behaviour and spot fires occuring ahead of the fire.
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
• The fire front is 1 kilometre long.
• Properties immediately south and west of the Murray River may be threatened by the fire.
• There are reports of ash falling ahead of the fire in a southerly direction.

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.

SAFEST ROUTE:
• If you are on the eastern side of the fire it is safest to leave in an easterly direction away from the fire.
• If you are on the western side of the fire it is safest to leave in an westerly direction away from the fire.
• If you are on the south side of the fire it is safest to leave in an southerly direction away from the fire.

RELOCATION POINT:
The temporary evacuation centre was closed last night, and may be re-established when required.

COMMUNITY MEETING:
A community meeting is scheduled for 1pm at Boddington Sports Pavilion on Club Drive in Boddington.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:
• Stockyard Road
• Trees Road
• Boundary Road
• Asquith Road
• Lower Hotham Road from Pinjarra-Williams Road to Harvey-Quindanning Road
• Harvey-Quindanning Road at the intersection of Quindanning-Darkan Road in the east and Tallanalla Road in the west
• Roads are open to traffic leaving the area.
• The Bibbulmun Track is closed between Yarragil Form (near Dwellingup) and Harris Dam Wall (near Collie).

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people for southern part of Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington and the northern part of Collie.
• The advice is for the area north of Williams Collie Road and Coalfields Road and south of Trees Road.
• 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.
• The advice for this area has been issued due to the intense fire behaviour and fire hopovers on the southern end of the fire.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

POWER:
Western Power has advised that parts of Boddington are without power.

For further details visit Western Power: Home

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Approximately 90 firefighters from DFES, Department of Parks and Wildlife and volunteer bushfire brigades are working to strengthen existing containment lines and establish new containment lines where possible.
• State Emergency Service, Western Power and traffic management staff are also in attendance.
• Firefighters are undertaking asset protection and strengthening containment lines along the southern and eastern boundaries of the fire.
• Aerial support is providing support

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 3.13pm on 31 January 2015.
• Approximately 12,500 hectares have been burnt.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• 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, or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.
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Default Re: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING -Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for southern part of Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington
Wednesday 4 February 2015 - 8:15 PM
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Bannister Road, Pinjarra Williams Road, Collie Williams Road, Asquith Road, Parrish Road, Trees Road, Myles Avenue, Lancaster Road, Kent Road, Dupont Road, Dooganally Road, Lemercier Road and George Road, in Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington.
• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• The alert level for this fire remains due to the intense fire behaviour.
• The fire started west of Lower Hotham Road and north of Harvey-Quindanning Road.
• It is burning in forest on both sides of the Murray River and on both sides of the Hotham River.
• Be aware there is a lot of smoke in the area, reducing visibility on the roads.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving in an easterly direction.
• It is still not under control and remains unpredictable.
• The wind direction has changed and is pushing the bushfire in an easterly direction
• Properties east of Boundary Road and in the vicinity of Quindanning Darkan Road may be impacted by fire.
• Homes on the eastern side of Lower Hotham Road may be impacted by bushfire.
• Burning embers may cause spot fires ahead of the fire
• There are reports of ash falling ahead of the fire in an eastern direction.

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.

SAFEST ROUTE:
• If you are on the eastern side of the fire it is safest to leave in an easterly direction away from the fire.
• If you are on the western side of the fire it is safest to leave in an westerly direction away from the fire.
• If you are on the south side of the fire it is safest to leave in an southerly direction away from the fire.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people for southern part of Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington and the northern part of Collie.

The advice is for the area bounded by the following roads:
• Pinjarra Williams Road
• Bannister Road
• Marradong Road
• Albany Highway
• Williams Darkan Road
• Coalfields Road
• Gastaldo Road
• Mornington Road
• Myles Road
• Lancaster Road
• Harvey Quindanning Road
• Kent Road
• Kevron Road
• Dupont Road
• Collie Tallanalla Road
• Harris River
• Collie Williams Road

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.
• The advice for this area has been issued due to the intense fire behaviour and fire hopovers on the southern end of the fire.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

RELOCATION POINT:

The temporary evacuation centre at the Boddington Sports Pavilion on Club Drive in Boddington remains open.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Stockyard Road
• Trees Road
• Boundary Road
• Asquith Road
• Lower Hotham Road from Pinjarra-Williams Road to Harvey-Quindanning Road
• Harvey-Quindanning Road at the intersection of Quindanning-Darkan Road in the east and Tallanalla Road in the west
• Roads are open to traffic leaving the area.
• The Bibbulmun Track is closed between Yarragil Form (near Dwellingup) and Harris Dam Wall (near Collie).
Be aware of smoke hazard affecting the following roads:
• Williams Collie Road
• Pinjarra Williams Road
• Albany Highway

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

POWER:
Power has now been restored to properties in the area.

If you see a fallen powerline or damaged electricity equipment, stay well clear and make the safe call to Western Power’s 24/7 emergency line on 13 13 51.

For further details visit Western Power: Home

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Approximately 90 firefighters from DFES, Department of Parks and Wildlife and volunteer bushfire brigades are working to strengthen existing containment lines and establish new containment lines where possible.
• State Emergency Service, Western Power and traffic management staff are also in attendance.
• Firefighters are undertaking asset protection and strengthening containment lines along the boundaries of the fire.
• Aerial support has been released and will return at first light.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• An emergency situation has been declared for the Shires of Boddington, Collie, Harvey, Williams and Waroona in respect of this incident. This provides the hazard management agency with additional powers to prevent and minimise the extent of the emergency.
• The fire was reported at 3.13pm on 31 January 2015.
• More than 20,000 hectares have been burnt.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• 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, or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for southern part of Lower Hotham in the Shires of Boddington and Collie
Thursday 5 February 2015 - 5:56 AM
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains in place for people in an area bounded by Pinjarra-Williams Road, Collie-Williams Road, Asquith Road, Norm Road, Collie-Tallanalla Road, Trees Road, Myles Avenue, Lancaster Road, Kent Road, Dupont Road, Dooganally Road, Lemercier Road and George Road, in Lower Hotham in the Shires of Boddington and Collie.


You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
It is currently safe to leave.
The alert level for this fire remains due to the intense fire behaviour.
The fire started west of Lower Hotham Road and north of Harvey-Quindanning Road.
It is burning in forest on both sides of the Murray River and on both sides of the Hotham River.
Be aware there is a lot of smoke in the area, reducing visibility on the roads.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving in an easterly direction.
It out of control and unpredictable.
Properties east of Boundary Road and in the vicinity of Quindanning-Darkan Road may be impacted by fire.
Homes on the eastern side of Lower Hotham Road may be impacted by bushfire.
Burning embers may cause spot fires ahead of the fire.
There are reports of ash falling ahead of the fire in an eastern direction.
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for southern part of Lower Hotham in the Shires of Boddington, Collie and Williams
Friday 6 February 2015 - 4:35 PM
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains for people in an area bounded by Pinjarra-Williams Road, Moorapulling Road, Lucey Road, South Crossman Road, Albany Highway, Collie Williams Road, Norm Road, Collie Talanalla Road, Myles Avenue, Lancaster Road, Kent Road, Dupont Road, Dooganally Road and Lemercier Road in the Shires of Boddington, Collie and Williams.


You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• It is currently safe to leave.
• The alert level for this fire remains due to forecast weather conditions for the day.
• The fire started west of Lower Hotham Road and north of Harvey-Quindanning Road.
• It is burning in forest and pastoral land south of the Harvey Quindanning Road.
• Be aware there is a lot of smoke in the area, reducing visibility on the roads.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• There is active fire behaviour on the western boundary. People in the area need to remain vigilant.
• The fire is out of control and unpredictable.
• The fire intensity has increased due to weather conditions .
• Winds are variable.
• Properties in the vicinity of Quindanning-Darkan Road may be impacted by fire.
• The fire perimeter is 140 kilometres long.
• Burning embers may cause spot fires ahead of the fire.

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 may be 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.
RELOCATION POINT:
The temporary evacuation centre is located at the Boddington Sports Pavilion on Club Drive in Boddington. The centre will be closed from 7pm and people arriving after this time are asked to go to the control point at the Shire of Boddington offices, located at 39 Bannister Road, Boddington, for assistance.
People asked to bring their own bedding and any required medications to the evacuation centre.
Community Liaison Officers are at the evacuation centre and can provide information about the fire to community members.
Anyone vacating the area is requested to visit the evacuation centre and advise the Department of Child Protection and Family Services so they can keep a register of community members' whereabouts.
COMMUNITY MEETING:
A community meeting will be held at the Boddington Bowling Club, Club Drive, Boddington at 5pm today, Friday 6 February 2015.

SAFEST ROUTE:
It is safest to leave your location in a direction heading away from the fire.
For people in Quindanning, it is safest to leave in an easterly direction towards Zilkos Road and Albany Highway.

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people bounded by Nanga Road, Pinjarra Williams Road, Pindalup Road, Telephone Road, Tadpole Soak Road, Chalk-Brook Road, Bannister-Marradong Road, Albany Highway, Coalfields Road, Gastaldo Road, Mornington Road, Myles Avenue, Lancaster Road, Kent Road, Tallanalla Road and Nanga Road, in the Shires of Collie, Boddington and West Arthur. The Williams townsite is also included in the advice area.

• There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The advice for this area remains due to forecast weather conditions.
• Smoke from the bushfire in Lower Hotham in the Shire of Boddington is affecting the Great Southern and South West region.

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.
IF DRIVING:
• Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
• Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
• Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
• If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
• If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site as well as stock and animals that may be on the road.

A number of roads have been closed including:
• Williams Collie Road from Pinjarra Williams Road to Boys Home Road
• Quindanning Darkan Road
• Boundary Road
• Asquith Road
• Harvey Quindanning Road
• Lower Hotham Road
• Stockyard Road
• Dee Vee Road
• Pinjarra Williams Road from Bannister-Maradong Road to Williams-Collie Road
• Trees Road
The following areas are open for local traffic only:
• Boys Home Road
• South Crossman Road heading west from Albany Highway
• Maradong Road from Albany Highway heading west from Albany Highway
• Narrakine Road heading west from Albany Highway.

Albany Highway is open.
Additionally small forest tracks north and south of Williams-Collie Road, as well as forest tracks/roads south of the Pinjarra Williams Road east from Murray Road to Bannister–Marradong Road including George Road, East Boundary Road, Hakea Road and George Road are closed.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

SCHOOLS
At this stage, schools in the area will remain open and the school bus service will continue as per normal.
POWER:
• Fire has caused damage to the Western Power network in the Lower Hotham area, which is affecting electricity supplies to customers west of Quindanning.
• The extent of the damage will not be known until Western Power inspectors can safely gain access to the affected area.
• Western Power crews are preparing the necessary resources to commence restoration works when the fire zone has been declared safe.
• If you see a fallen powerline or damaged electricity equipment, stay well away and make the safe call to Western Power’s 24/7 emergency line on 13 13 51. For further details visit Western Power: Home
WATER:
• During a bushfire Water Corporation’s drinking water supply and pressure cannot be guaranteed.
• Water Corporation makes every effort to maintain drinking water supplies however infrastructure damage or power cuts may affect it.
• For enquiries about mains water supply contact Water Corporation on 13 13 75 or visit Water Corporation of WA - Bushfires & water supply

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Approximately 150 firefighters from DFES, Department of Parks and Wildlife and volunteer bushfire brigades are at the scene with 80 appliances.
• Firefighters are undertaking asset protection and have established containment lines on the western and southern areas of the fire, as well as working to build containment lines on the eastern side.
• Aerial support is assisting ground crews and protecting assets. This includes the C130 Air Tanker from the Eastern States that is assisting protecting critical infrastructure.
• Approximately 25 support personnel are assisting in other roles.
• State Emergency Service, WA Police, Western Power and traffic management staff are also in attendance.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• An emergency situation has been declared for the Shires of Boddington, Collie, Harvey, Williams and Waroona in respect of this incident.
• One house and two sheds have been confirmed lost.
• Firefighters have saved a number of assets.
• The fire was reported at 3.13pm on 31 January 2015.
• More than 50,000 hectares have been burnt.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• You can enquire about loved ones via Register.Find.Reunite at https://register.redcross.org.au/
• DFES is managing the fire.
• The Shire of Boddington is managing the recovery phase. For anyone who wants to assist please contact the Shire of Boddington on 08 9883 4999.
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, or news bulletins.
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