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Old Feb 10th 2015, 11:36 am   #1
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Default Bushfire WATCH AND ACT - Baldivis - Rockingham

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for eastern part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham
Tuesday 10 February 2015 - 7:29 PM

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the eastern part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham, bounded by Baldivis Road, Mundijong Road, the Kwinana Freeway, Stakehill Road and Baldivis Road.

• The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fires are controlled but not contained.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes there is active fire in the area and conditions are changing.
• You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
• A number of fires started near the intersection of Karnup Road and Baldivis Road.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfires are stationary.
• They are controlled but not contained.
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

WHAT TO DO:
• If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
• 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 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.

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

SAFEST ROUTE:
• Leave in a northerly or a westerly direction away from the fire if safe to do so.

ALERT LEVEL:
An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in the area bounded by Baldivis Road, River Road, Serpentine Road, Wilkinson Road and Mundijong Road.

• The danger has passed for people in these areas but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:
• Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site
• The Kwinana Freeway between Mundijong Road and Karnup Road is now open, however some local roads remain closed.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Approximately 100 firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters will work through the night to strengthen containment lines.
• Aerial support has been released from the incident and will return at first light if needed.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The cause of the fires is suspicious.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The fires started at approximately 3pm today.
• 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 two hours unless the situation changes.​
Please note: The map below only provides a general indication of the location of the warning area.
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Default Re: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT - Baldivis - Rockingham

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for eastern part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham
Wednesday 11 February 2015 - 9:45 AM
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT remains for people in the eastern part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham, bounded by Baldivis Road, Mundijong Road, the Kwinana Freeway, Stakehill Road and Baldivis Road.


A WATCH AND ACT also remains for people in the area east of Eighty Road, south of Sixty Eight Road, west of the Freeway and north of Stakehill Road.


• The alert level for this fire remains as high temperatures and gusty variable winds are forecast today.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes there is active fire in the area and conditions are changing.
• You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
• Six fires started near the intersection of Karnup Road and Baldivis Road.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfires are currently stationary.
• They are contained and under control, however burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.


WHAT TO DO:
• If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
• 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 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.


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


ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads are closed including:
• Stakehill Road west of Baldivis Road
• Baldivis Road south of Sixty Eight Road
• Karnup Road access from the Freeway
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

POWER
• Power supply to some customers in the area has been affected.
• For more information call 1310 87 or visit Western Power: Home

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Approximately 60 Bush Fire Service and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters are working to strengthen containment lines and mop up.
• Representatives from Local Government, WA Police, St Johns Ambulance, Western Power and Salvation Army are also providing support at the scene.


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The cause of the fires is suspicious.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The fires started at approximately 3pm yesterday, Tuesday 10 February.
• DFES is managing the fires.

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 two hours unless the situation changes.
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Default Re: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT - Baldivis - Rockingham

Police are offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help identify the arsonist who lit the series of fires in Baldivis last Tuesday.

More than 100 firefighters battled to extinguish the blaze, that got within metres of homes.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on Wednesday morning the fire had been contained but a "watch and act" was still in place for the area, with temperatures expected to soar to the mid-30s by the afternoon.
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