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Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of Wattle Grove, Orange Grove, Forrestfield and Kenwick in the Shire of Kalamunda and City of Gosnells
Monday 21 December 2015 - 5:52 PM
​*Please note the alert level for this fire has been downgraded.

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Bickely Road, Roe Highway, Welshpool Road East, Hale Road, Wandoo Road, Lesmurdie Falls National Park and Kelvin Road.

• The alert level for people in the western part of Wattle Grove has been downgraded as fire activity has reduced.

• There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and conditions are changing.

• You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

• The fire started on Brentwood Road in Kenwick and is burning on both sides of Tonkin Highway.



BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

• The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.

• It is out of control and unpredictable.

• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
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A bushfire burning in Perth's south-east has destroyed one derelict house and a shed, but is no longer threatening lives and homes.

An emergency warning that was in place in the western part of Wattle Grove, in the Shire of Kalamunda, has been downgraded to a watch and act.

Homes in Boundary Road, Brentwood Road, Johnson Road, Crystal Brook Road and Philemon Court had been under immediate threat, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

DFES district officer Clint Kuchel said it had been confirmed one derelict house and a shed had been destroyed by the blaze.

Kristie Biddle and her husband run a kennel business in the area.

She said her husband and kennel staff saw the fire coming and were fortunate enough to save all of the animals, but not all of the buildings.

"They moved quickly to box up the cats in the back cattery area where they were concerned about," she said.

"Thankfully they were able to move all the cats and get them out of the way.

"We've lost the back cattery and the back shed. At the moment we're full because of Christmas. I'm assuming about 50 cats at the moment.
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for eastern part of Guilderton and properties near the Moore River east of Guilderton in the Shire of Gingin
Friday 1 January 2016 - 5:58 PM
​Please note: minor changes under alert level and bushfire behaviour.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in the eastern part of Guilderton and private properties north and south of the Moore River in the Shire of Gingin.
• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• Homes may be under threat by fire.
• The fire started in State forest and is currently 3km east of the Guilderton townsite.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving in a west-north-westerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
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.
• A temporary evacuation centre has been set up at Granville Civic Centre on Weld Street in Gingin.
SAFEST ROUTE:
• If you live in Guilderton you can leave via Guilderton Road.
PLACE OF LAST RESORT:
• If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is local open space, a shed, swimming pool, dam or building where you may go to seek shelter from a bushfire.
• This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
• Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT remains in place for people bounded by Guilderton Road, Gingin Brook Road, Indian Ocean Drive/ Wanneroo Road and Military Road, including Guilderton, Woodridge Estate and Wilbinga Conservation Park, in the Shire of Gingin.

• 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
• 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.
• If you are in Wilbinga Conservation Park you need to leave now.
• If you are travelling on Indian Ocean Drive/ Wanneroo Road you should find an alternate route.
ROAD CLOSURES:
Wanneroo Road remains closed between Gingin Brook Road and Military Road.

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
Wilbinga Conservation Park is closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Parks and Wildlife fire crews are being assisted by volunteer bushfire brigades, DFES and WA Police. Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 1.20pm on 1 January 2016.
• The cause of the fire is a burnt out car. People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Twitter @WAParksWildlife, listen to ABC local radio, 6PR (metro only) or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.

http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/alerts/Pag...x?ItemId=16011
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Emergency bushfire warning issued for Guilderton in Gingin shire as fire escalates - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Lives and homes are under threat from a bushfire burning in Gingin in Western Australia.

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for people in the eastern part of Guilderton and properties near the Moore River in Gingin.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife said homes may be under threat by fire in coming hours after the behaviour of the fire "escalated".

Crews said the fire was moving in a west-north-westerly direction and described the out-of-control blaze as "unpredictable".

Those in the area are instructed to leave for a safer place immediately if possible.

The fire was started by a burnt-out car earlier this afternoon and is currently 3 kilometres east of the Guilderton township.

A temporary evacuation centre has been set up at Granville Civic Centre on Weld Street in Gingin.
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for eastern part of Madora Bay in the City of Mandurah
Sunday 3 January 2016 - 12:51 AM
​* Please note change to alert level and changes throughout

* Homes in Charlotte Court are under threat by fire now.

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people on Charlotte Court, in the eastern part of Madora Bay in the City of Mandurah.


You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
Homes in Charlotte Court are under threat by fire now.
The fire started between Madora Beach Road and 100 metres east of Madora Bay Tennis Club.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a north westerly direction at 100 metres per hour.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting up to 100 metres 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 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.
PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, shed, swimming pool, dam or building where you may go to seek shelter from a bushfire.
This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for 500 metres west of Mandurah Road in the eastern part of Madora Bay in the City of Mandurah, for an area bounded by the following roads; Orelia road, Albion, Sabina Road, Cornwallis Road, Swiftshire Road, Madora beach Road and Mandurah Road.


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.
The bushfire is moving slowly in a north westerly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable
Homes in Charlotte Court and Madora Beach Road, between Casper Road and Angalore Road may be impacted.
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Sheds, bridge destoyed as bushfire threatens Waroona

UPDATE: Sheds, a bridge and power poles have bee destroyed by bushfire that is still threatening homes in Waroona and Preston Beach.

An emergency bushfire warning is in place for the two townas as well as the Alcoa minesite.

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The Department of Parks and Wildlife has confirmed the fire has damaged a bridge on the South West Highway as well as hundreds of power poles.
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Waroona and surrounding areas, including Preston Beach, in the Shire of Waroona
Thursday 7 January 2016 - 11:05 AM
*Please note changes under Power.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in an area bounded by Willowdale Road, Johnston Road, Forrest Highway, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road and Nanga Brook Road, including the Waroona townsite, in the Shire of Waroona.

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is also in place for people in Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona.

You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
Homes are under threat by fire now.
The fire started in Lane Poole Reserve. It is burning on both sides of the South Western Highway.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a westerly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.
WHAT TO DO: (PRESTON BEACH and EAST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY)

For people east of South Western Highway, it is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.
You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
For people in Preston Beach it is also too late to leave. If you are unable to actively defend your home you should shelter at the beach.
Go to a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.
Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.
If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.
WHAT TO DO: (WEST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY, EXCLUDING PRESTON BEACH)

For people west of South Western Highway, you can leave in a westerly direction.
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.
It is not safe to stay and defend your home, your best chance for survival is to leave 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 you 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.
PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, shed, swimming pool, dam or building where you may go to seek shelter from a bushfire.
This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
EVACUATION CENTRE:

An evacuation centre has been established at Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.

A second evacuation centre has been established at Harvey Recreation Centre, Young Street, Harvey.

COMMUNITY MEETING:

A community meeting will be held at 11.30am at the Waroona Recreation Centre, Hill Street, Waroona.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Johnston Road, Willowdale Road, Forrest Highway, Riverdale Road and Logue Brook Dam and Clarke Road to Nanga Road, in the Shire of Waroona

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in 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.
You should leave in southern direction if it is safe to do so.
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.
ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been closed including:

Forrest Highway is closed between Pinjarra Road and Raymond Road.
South Western Highway is closed between Coolup townsite and Johnston Road.
Nanga Road is closed between Nanga Brook Road and Driver Road.
Old Coast Road is closed between Old Bunbury Road and Forrest Highway.
Main Roads advises:

If your heading north to Perth an alternative route to take is Coalfields Highway to Albany Highway.
If you are heading south from Perth an alternative route to take is Albany Highway to Coalfields Highway.
Heavy haulage should check Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:

The following recreation sites are closed:

The Bibbulmun Track, between Yarragil Form and Driver Road
The Munda Biddi Trail, between Nanga Mill and Driver Road
The Captain Fawcett 4WD track
Yalgorup National Park south of Mt John Road including Martins Tank campsite, Heathlands walk trail, Lake Pollard walk trail and Haywood day use site on Preston Beach Road.
POWER:

Western Power has advised that there are electricity interruptions as a result of the bushfire. Customers without power are encouraged to make alternative plans on the basis that power is not likely to be restored today.

For further details visit Western Power: Home.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Approximately 100 firefighters are working at the scene.
Firefighters are using more than 40 appliances, including 5 dozers and 3 loaders.
Aerial support is assisting firefighters on the ground.
EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 7.25am on 6 January 2016.
The cause of the fire is lightning.
Telephone text and voice messages have been issued.
More than 11,000 hectares have been burnt.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK in person at the Evacuation Centre or via https://register.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 website https://register.redcross.org.au

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, or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Waroona and Harvey and surrounding areas, including Preston Beach, in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Waroona and Harvey and surrounding areas, including Preston Beach, in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona
Thursday 7 January 2016 - 12:03 PM
​*Please note new EMERGENCY WARNING for Harvey townsite and surrounding areas and changes to evacuation centre and bushfire behaviour.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in an area bounded by Willowdale Road, Johnston Road, Forrest Highway, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road and Nanga Brook Road, including the Waroona townsite, in the Shire of Waroona.

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is also in place for people in Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona.

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is also in place for people in Harvey townsite and surrounding areas in the Shire of Harvey.

You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
Homes are under threat by fire now.
The fire started in Lane Poole Reserve. It is burning on both sides of the South Western Highway.
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. Spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.
WHAT TO DO: (PRESTON BEACH and EAST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY)

For people east of South Western Highway, it is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.
You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
For people in Preston Beach it is also too late to leave. If you are unable to actively defend your home you should shelter at the beach.
Go to a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.
Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.
If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.
WHAT TO DO: (WEST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY, INCLUDING HARVEY. EXCLUDING PRESTON BEACH)

For people west of South Western Highway, you can leave in a westerly direction.
For people in Harvey townsite and surrounding areas, leave in a westerly direction along Udoc and Forestry roads, then south along Forrest Hwy.
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.
It is not safe to stay and defend your home, your best chance for survival is to leave 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 you 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.
PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, shed, swimming pool, dam or building where you may go to seek shelter from a bushfire.
This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
EVACUATION CENTRE:

An evacuation centre has been established at Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.

The Harvey Recreation Centre is no longer open.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Johnston Road, Willowdale Road, Forrest Highway, Riverdale Road and Logue Brook Dam and Clarke Road to Nanga Road, in the Shire of Waroona

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in 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.
You should leave in southern direction if it is safe to do so.
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.
ROAD CLOSURES:

A number of roads have been closed including:
Forrest Highway is closed between Pinjarra Road and Raymond Road.
South Western Highway is closed between Coolup townsite and Johnston Road.
Nanga Road is closed between Nanga Brook Road and Driver Road.
Old Coast Road is closed between Old Bunbury Road and Forrest Highway.
Main Roads advises:

If your heading north to Perth an alternative route to take is Coalfields Highway to Albany Highway.
If you are heading south from Perth an alternative route to take is Albany Highway to Coalfields Highway.
Heavy haulage should check Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:

The following recreation sites are closed:

The Bibbulmun Track, between Yarragil Form and Driver Road
The Munda Biddi Trail, between Nanga Mill and Driver Road
The Captain Fawcett 4WD track
Yalgorup National Park south of Mt John Road including Martins Tank campsite, Heathlands walk trail, Lake Pollard walk trail and Haywood day use site on Preston Beach Road.
POWER:

Western Power has advised that there are electricity interruptions as a result of the bushfire. Customers without power are encouraged to make alternative plans on the basis that power is not likely to be restored today.

For further details visit Western Power: Home.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Approximately 100 firefighters are working at the scene.
Firefighters are using more than 40 appliances, including 5 dozers and 3 loaders.
Aerial support is assisting firefighters on the ground.
EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 7.25am on 6 January 2016.
The cause of the fire is lightning.
Telephone text and voice messages have been issued.
More than 11,000 hectares have been burnt.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK in person at the Evacuation Centre or via https://register.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 website https://register.redcross.org.au

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen t
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I took this from the ABC news site. Waroona fire: Wind change pushes flames south towards Harvey; residents urged to leave - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

My partner and I spent Boxing Day night at a cabin in Waroona at a lovely little forest resort with friends who have been going there for 20+ years. I'm wondering whether it's still standing
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I took this from the ABC news site. Waroona fire: Wind change pushes flames south towards Harvey; residents urged to leave - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

My partner and I spent Boxing Day night at a cabin in Waroona at a lovely little forest resort with friends who have been going there for 20+ years. I'm wondering whether it's still standing
Looks huge, horrificly large pyronimbus clouds , and not much sign of the weather helping out
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Looks huge, horrificly large pyronimbus clouds , and not much sign of the weather helping out
Not much help from thr weather at all. It's 39° here with very gusty winds.

You can actually see the smoke from the city 110 km away
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Not much help from thr weather at all. It's 39° here with very gusty winds.

You can actually see the smoke from the city 110 km away
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It's still out of control although for now, the winds have slowed down, but are expected to pick up again during the night. Community meeting at 8pm at LLC for Harvey, Dardanup, Australind residents.
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Waroona and Harvey and surrounding areas, including Preston Beach, in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona
Thursday 7 January 2016 - 7:41 PM

​* Motorists are asked to avoid non essential travel through the area.

* If you must travel please ensure your petrol tank is full before you depart.



A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in an area bounded by Johnston Road, Forrest Highway, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road and Nanga Brook Road, including the Waroona townsite, in the Shire of Waroona.

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is also in place for people in Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona.

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is also in place for people in Harvey townsite and surrounding areas in the Shire of Harvey. This includes the towns of Wagerup, Yarloop and Cookernup.




• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.

• Homes are under threat by fire.

• The fire started in Lane Poole Reserve. It is burning on both sides of the South Western Highway.



BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

• The bushfire is moving fast in a south westerly direction.

• It is out of control and unpredictable.

• The wind is expected to be north easterly overnight with strong gusts up to 60 km/hr

• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.

• The bushfire perimeter is approximately 113 kilometres.



WHAT TO DO: (PRESTON BEACH and EAST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY)

• For people east of South Western Highway, it is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.

• You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.

• For people in Preston Beach it is also too late to leave. If you are unable to actively defend your home you should shelter at the beach.

• Go to a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.

• Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.

• You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.

• Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.

• If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.



WHAT TO DO: (WEST OF SOUTH WESTERN HIGHWAY, INCLUDING HARVEY. EXCLUDING PRESTON BEACH)

• For people west of South Western Highway, you can leave in a westerly direction.

• For people in Harvey townsite and surrounding areas, leave in a westerly direction along Udoc and Forestry roads, then south along Forrest Hwy.

• 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.

• It is not safe to stay and defend your home, your best chance for survival is to leave 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 you 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.



PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

• If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, shed, swimming pool, dam or building where you may go to seek shelter from a bushfire.

• This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.

• Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.



EVACUATION CENTRE:

An evacuation centre has been established at Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.

An evacuation centre has been established at Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.


The Harvey Recreation Centre evacuation centre is no longer open.

Please note: Donations are not required at this stage.



COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

A community meeting will be held at 8.00pm tonight at Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.
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HOMES and other buildings in the small West Australian township of Yarloop have been lost in the bushfire burning south of Perth.
Authorities are yet to confirm the losses, but vision from a 7 News chopper shows the town in ruins, with street after street destroyed.
Local MP Murray Cowper says residents who stayed to protect their homes have told him numerous buildings in the town have been destroyed.

Major property loss feared in Yarloop as a bushfire rages in WA

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