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Old Jan 9th 2016, 12:15 am   #46
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A bushfire WATCH AND ACT remains for people in an area bounded by Jarrah Road, Hopeland Road and Yangedi Road and south of the Serpentine River, in Hopeland, in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.

• 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 is burning in bushland and paddocks north of Karnup Road and there are still several significant flare ups within containment lines and thick smoke and ash is blowing in a southerly direction.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is contained and under control however there have been several significant flare ups within containment lines.

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.

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

SAFEST ROUTE:
People in the area can leave via Serpentine Road or Karnup Road.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site
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:
• 60 volunteer firefighters from the bushfire service are patrolling the area, extinguishing flare ups and building containment lines.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 1.58pm on Friday 8 January.
• It has burnt approximately 100 hectares.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale is managing the fire.

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, 6PR or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every two hours unless the situation changes.
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop and surrounding areas in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona
Saturday 9 January 2016 - 7:01 AM
​A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Old Coast Road, Forrest Highway, Bobsord Bridge, east of Waroona, Nanga Brook Road, Cunard Road, Dawn Creek Road, Pinjarra Road, south east to Harvey-Quindanning Road, Weir Road, Uduc Road and Forestry Road.

This includes Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup and Yarloop

There is a threat to lives and homes.
If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear in a southerly direction.
If you cannot leave you need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

Fire behaviour is moderating under the influence of light winds.
The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
Winds are light east to north westerly winds.
The fire remains uncontained and is not yet controlled.
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.
If you cannot leave you need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
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.
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.
This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
EVACUATION CENTRE:

Evacuation centres have been established at:

Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.
Please note: donations are not required at this stage.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

The following community meetings have been scheduled for today:

11.30am at the Waroona Recreation Centre, Hill Street, Waroona
1.00pm at the Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind
2.00pm at the Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra
Please note times may be subject to change.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH and Act has been issued for people in Preston Beach, Lake Clifton and north of Waroona in an area bounded by Old Bunbury Road, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfields Road, South Western Highway, Tallathalla Road, south of Murray River to Waroona.

A bushfire WATCH and ACT has been issued for people in Waroona in a line west to the coast, including Preston Beach.


A bushfire WATCH and ACT has been issued for people bounded by Tarantarango Road, Read Road, Boonilup Road, Leitch Road, Dixon Avenue, South Western Highway north to Rodway Road, Government Road, Forrestry Road, west to the coast. This includes Harvey and Myalup.

The alert level for this area has been downgraded as the fire behaviour is moderating under the influence of light winds.
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, please consider that you may be directed to leave if conditions worsen.
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:

If you are in the area you should leave in a southerly direction away from the fire.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded people in area bounded by Marriott Road, South Western Highway, Sandalwood Road, Big Tree Road, Mornington Road, Myles Avenue, Tallathalla Road, Harvey-Quindanning Road to Harvey, Forestry Road to Forrest Highway to Marriott Road.

This includes the townships of Binningup and the suburb of Wellesley.

The alert level for this area has been downgraded as the fire behaviour is moderating under the influence of light winds.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.


WHAT TO DO:

Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
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.
ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in the areas of Brunswick, Australind, Leschenault, Eaton, Roelands, and Millbridge.

A bushfire ALL CLEAR has been issued for people in the area of Forrest Highway, Fishermans Road, Coolup Road East, Burnside Road, Dwellingup-Williams Road, Nanga Road, Icy Creek Road, Nanga Brook Road to Waroona, South Western Highway, Mayfield Road, Williamson Road, Dorsett Road and west to the ocean.

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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for East of Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop, Harvey and surrounding areas in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona
Saturday 9 January 2016 - 3:15 PM
​* Please note fire conditions have escalated. People in Harvey are being directly evacuated. Please leave the area if safe to do so.
* 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 remains for people in an area bounded by Old Coast Road, Forrest Highway, Bobsord Bridge, east of Waroona, Nanga Brook Road, Cunard Road, Dawn Creek Road, Pinjarra Road, south east to Harvey-Quindanning Road, Weir Road, Uduc Road and Forestry Road.

This includes east of Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop, Harvey townsite and surrounding areas. It doesn't include the Waroona townsite.

• There is a threat to lives and homes.
• Fire conditions have escalated. People in Harvey, Cookernup, Wokalup and surrounding areas could be impacted within 1 to 4 hours.
• Unless you are ready and prepared to actively defend your property evacuate to the south via the South Western Highway if safe to do so.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• Although bushfire behaviour has moderated overnight, it will pick up through the day due to forecast weather conditions.
• The bushfire is moving in a south easterly direction.
• North westerly winds will continue throughout the day.
• The fire remains uncontained and is not yet controlled.
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

WHAT TO DO:
• Leave now if the way is clear in a southerly direction.
• If you cannot leave you need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
• Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
• There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep the water running through the system if possible.
• 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.

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.
• This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
• Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.

EVACUATION CENTRE:
Evacuation centres have been established at:
• Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
• Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.
Please note material donations are not required at this stage. Monetary donations can be made through the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS:
• Community meetings were held at Waroona, Australind and Pinjarra earlier today.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH and Act remains for an area bounded by Preston Beach, Lake Clifton and north of Waroona in an area bounded by Old Bunbury Road, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road, South Western Highway, Tallathalla Road, south of Murray River to Waroona.

A bushfire WATCH and ACT remains for an area bounded by Waroona in a line west to the coast, including Preston Beach.

A bushfire WATCH and ACT remains for an area bounded by Taranto Road, Read Road, Boonilup Road, Leitch Road, Dixon Avenue, South Western Highway north to Rodway Road, Government Road, Forrestry Road, west to the coast. This includes Myalup.

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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for East of Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop, Harvey and surrounding areas in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona
Saturday 9 January 2016 - 6:40 PM
​A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains for people in an area bounded by Old Coast Road, south of Coronation Road, South Western Highway, McDowell Road, Nanga Brook Road, Dawn Creek Road, south to Murray River Fire line, Driver Road, Logue Brook Dam Road, Dupont Road, Tallanalla Road, Myles Avenue, Mornington Road, South Western Highway, Mitchell Road, east to Wellesley Road, Forrest Highway north to Old Coast Road.

This includes east of Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop, Harvey townsite and surrounding areas. It doesn't include the Waroona townsite.

There is a threat to lives and homes.
Fire conditions have escalated. People in Harvey, Cookernup, Wokalup and surrounding areas could be impacted within 1 to 4 hours.
Unless you are ready and prepared to actively defend your property evacuate to the south via the South Western Highway if safe to do so.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
A number of breakouts to the south have occurred as a result of fluctuating wind conditions.
The bushfire is moving in a south easterly direction.
The fire remains uncontained and is not yet controlled.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
WHAT TO DO:
Leave now if the way is clear in a southerly direction.
If you cannot leave you need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep the water running through the system if possible.
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.
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.
This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.

EVACUATION CENTRE:
Evacuation centres have been established at:
Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.

Please note material donations are not required at this stage. Monetary donations can be made through the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS:
Community meetings were held at Waroona, Australind and Pinjarra earlier today.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH and Act remains for an area bounded by Old Bunbury Road, across Forrest Highway to Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road, South Western Highway, Tallathalla Road, south of the Murray River to east of the Murray River Fireline, Yarragil Form, Loop Road, Dawn Creek Road, Nanga Brook Road, McDowell Street. South West Hwy, north of Coronation Rd, Old Coast Rd, Old Bunbury Rd.
T
he Watch and Act applies to Preston Beach, Lake Clifton and Myalup.

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.
It is not safe for people in Preston Beach to leave. You need to actively defend your home or take shelter at a safer place.
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, please consider that you may be directed to leave if conditions worsen.
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:
If you are in the area you should leave in a southerly direction away from the fire.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in an area bounded by Marriott Road, South Western Highway, Sandalwood Road, Big Tree Road, Mornington Road, Myles Avenue, South Western Highway, Mitchell Road east to Wellesley Road, Forrest Highway south to Marriott Road..

This includes the townships of Binningup and the suburb of Wellesley.

Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:
Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
Read through your bushfire survival plan.
If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
I
F 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.

ALERT LEVEL:
An ALL CLEAR advice remains for people in the areas of Brunswick, Australind, Leschenault, Eaton, Roelands, and Millbridge.

A bushfire ALL CLEAR remains for people in the area of Forrest Highway, Fishermans Road, Coolup Road East, Burnside Road, Dwellingup-Williams Road, Nanga Road, Icy Creek Road, Nanga Brook Road to Waroona, South Western Highway, Mayfield Road, Williamson Road, Dorsett Road and west to the ocean.


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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for south of the South Coast Highway in the Dalyup area, west of Esperance in the Shire of Esperance
Saturday 9 January 2016 - 6:25 PM
​* Please note changes throughout
* South Coast Highway is being impacted by heavy smoke

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people south of South Coast Highway in the Dalyup area, west of Esperance, in the Shire of Esperance.

This includes people in the following streets:
• Murray Road
• McCall Road
• Moonanup Road
• Chartwell Lane

• The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire has reached Murray Road.
• Homes near the southern end of Murray Road and southern end of McCall are under threat by fire now.
• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• The fire started between Telegraph Road and Keenan Road. It is burning towards Moonanup Road
• There is fire activity around the vicinity of Lake Gore, north west of Murray Road.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving fast in a north-westerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
• There are significant flare ups on the western edge of the fire.
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.
• Flames are higher than roof tops and may burn into tree tops.
• Winds have shifted to a east-south-easterly direction. This may push the fire in a north-north-westerly direction towards Moonanup Road.
• This means pasture and homes in Moonanup Road may be threatened by the fire.
WHAT TO DO (People in the vicinity of Murray Road and McCall Roads)
• It is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.
• You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
• 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 (all other areas):
• 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.
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.

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.

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:
• McCall Road
• Moonanup Road
• Murray Road at the intersection of the South Coast Highway
• Chartwell Lane
• Access roads to Eleven Mile Beach through to Quagi Beach
• Crisp Road
• Farrell Road

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

RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
The following campgrounds have been closed in Stokes National Park:
• Shoal Cape campground
• Fanny Cove campground
• Barkers Inlet campground
• Quagi Beach campground

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Around 80 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service and Parks and Wildlife firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters are working to build containment lines
• Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews
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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for East of Waroona, Hamel and Yarloop and surrounding areas in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona
Sunday 10 January 2016 - 5:09 PM
​* No change to previous alert
* It is not safe for people in Preston Beach to leave due to debris across the road and current fire conditions.

* 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.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains for people in an area bounded by Old Coast Road, south of Coronation Road, South Western Highway, McDowell Road, Nanga Brook Road, Nanga Road, Dawn Creek Road, south to Murray River Fire line, Driver Road, Logue Brook Dam Road, Dupont Road, Tallanalla Road, Harvey-Quindanning Road, Weir Road, Uduc Road, Forestry Road and Forrest Highway.

This includes east of Waroona, Hamel and Yarloop and surrounding areas. It doesn't include the Waroona townsite.

• There is a threat to lives and homes.
• Unless you are ready and prepared to actively defend your property, evacuate to the south via the South Western Highway if safe to do so.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• Forecast weather conditions are expected to assist firefighters today.
• The fire is contained but not controlled.

WHAT TO DO:
• Leave now if the way is clear in a southerly direction.
• If you cannot leave you need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
• Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
• 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.
• 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.

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.
• This will give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
• Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.

EVACUATION CENTRE:

Evacuation centres have been established at:

• Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra.
• Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind.

Please note that material donations are not required at this stage. Monetary donations can be made through the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire WATCH and ACT remains for people in an area bounded by Old Bunbury Road, across Forrest Highway to Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road, South Western Highway, Tallanalla Road, south of the Murray River to east of the Murray River Fireline, Yarragil Form, Loop Road, Dawn Creek Road, Nanga Brook Road, McDowell Street, South West Hwy, north of Coronation Rd, Old Coast Rd, Old Bunbury Rd.

A bushfire WATCH and ACT remains for Preston Beach and Lake Clifton including the Waroona townsite.

A bushfire WATCH and ACT remains for people in an area bounded by Forestry Road, Government Road, Eckersley Road, Clifton Road, South West Highway, Weir Road, Harvey-Quindanning Road, Tallanalla Road, Old Collie Road, Myles Avenue, Mornington Road, South Western Highway, Mitchell Road west to Wellesley Road, Forest Highway and north to Forestry Road. This includes the townsites of Harvey and Cookernup.

• 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.
• It is not safe for people in Preston Beach to leave due to downed power lines and debris across the road.
• If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now, please consider that you may be directed to leave if conditions worsen.
• 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:
If you are in the area you should leave in a southerly direction away from the fire.

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in an area bounded by Marriott Road, South Western Highway, Sandalwood Road, Big Tree Road, Mornington Road, Myles Avenue, South Western Highway, Mitchell Road west to Wellesley Road, Forrest Highway south to Marriott Road.
This includes the suburb of Wellesley.

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people west of Forest Highway from Pamelup Estate to Binningup townsite including the townsite of Myalup.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

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:
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.

Drive with caution due to livestock across the roads in some areas.

The following roads remain closed with no time frame for reopening:
• Forrest Highway (both directions) from Pinjarra Road to Myalup Beach Road
• Old Coast Road (both directions) from Old Bunbury Road to Forrest Highway
• South Western Highway (both directions) from Greenlands Road to Uduc Road


Further road closures are in place within the area, including:
• Old Bunbury Road between Forrest Highway and South Western Highway
• Nanga Road between Murray River bridge and Driver Road
• Nanga Brook Road, east of Scarp Road
• Forestry Road between Forrest Highway and Uduc Road
• Collie-Tallanalla Road between Harvey-Quindanning Road and Dupont Road
• Kent Road between Harvey-Quindanning Road and Collie-Tallanalla Road
• Honeymoon Road between Harvey-Quindanning Road and South Western Highway
• Dupont Road between Harvey-Quindanning Road and Collie-Tallanalla Road

Alternative route:
• If you are travelling south from Perth, you can seek an alternative route via Albany Highway to Coalfields Highway
• If you are travelling north to Perth, you can seek an alternative route via Coalfields Highway to Albany Highway

RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:

The following recreation sites are closed:
• The Bibbulmun Track, between Dwellingup and Harvey-Quindanning Road
• The Munda Biddi Trail, between is closed between Dwellingup and Logue Brook Dam.
• Lane Poole Reserve
• 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
• Lake Brockman Tourist Park
• Hoffman Mill
• Logue Brook Dam
• Waroona Dam and Lake Navarino Holiday Park.

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 until the coming days.
• For further details visit www.westernpower.com.au.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Firefighters have made significant progress along the northern boundary, west and east of Waroona.
• Firefighters are undertaking asset protection around affected communities.
• Firefighters will continue to strengthen and consolidate containment lines and control flare ups.
• There are over 450 fire and emergency services personnel responding to the fire. Firefighters are using more than 80 appliances including 28 heavy machines.
• Firefighters will be assisted by interstate fire crews today.
• Aerial support will be available if required.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• An Emergency Situation has been declared for the Shires of Harvey and Waroona.
• 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 72,657 hectares have been burnt.
• 143 properties including 128 houses and other structures including sheds, caravans and community buildings have been confirmed lost.
• 68 personnel from New South Wales including 60 firefighters, 5 paramedic and 3 management support staff are assisting local crews.
• The fire perimeter is in excess of 226km.
• An inter-agency Incident Management Team comprising DFES, Parks and Wildlife and local government is managing the fire.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK via https://register.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, in person at an Evacuation Centre or call the State Enquiry Centre Line on 1800 015 337 between 9am and 10pm. These hours may be subject to change.

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.

For animal welfare issues, phone the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) on 9780 6200.

The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund has been activated for the fires in Waroona and surrounding areas.

Details are available at www.appealswa.org.au or by phoning 9461 3886.

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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I have never seen a community pull together as I have over this last week. It's been traumatic for many, at times scary but above all else it's been a huge eye opener of the fragility of life. The people out there fighting this monster of a fire are exhausted but ask them if they need to swap out and they'll stay doing what they have been trained to do. The emotional scars will take much longer to heal I fear xx
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I have never seen a community pull together as I have over this last week. It's been traumatic for many, at times scary but above all else it's been a huge eye opener of the fragility of life. The people out there fighting this monster of a fire are exhausted but ask them if they need to swap out and they'll stay doing what they have been trained to do. The emotional scars will take much longer to heal I fear xx
The sad thing to see is the number of people - not necessarily in the affected area - who are criticising the firefighters for not trying hard enough to save people's homes.
Firefighters who have put their own lives at risk, and in some cases left their families to cope alone, and lost their own houses, are being attacked for not trying hard enough. For anyone who knows how hard it is to try to control a bushfire of that intensity, comments like that are insulting, hurtful and depressing. The Waroona fire scared everyone with its intensity and speed words fail me when I see people criticising the firefighters. They don't ask for prise, they are doing their jobs but likewise they don't ask to be condemned.
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The sad thing to see is the number of people - not necessarily in the affected area - who are criticising the firefighters for not trying hard enough to save people's homes.
Firefighters who have put their own lives at risk, and in some cases left their families to cope alone, and lost their own houses, are being attacked for not trying hard enough. For anyone who knows how hard it is to try to control a bushfire of that intensity, comments like that are insulting, hurtful and depressing. The Waroona fire scared everyone with its intensity and speed words fail me when I see people criticising the firefighters. They don't ask for prise, they are doing their jobs but likewise they don't ask to be condemned.
I agree Polly. People are critisising firefighters and complaining that they had no water to defend their homes. All of the warnings put out by DFES clearly say not to depend on mains water because power cuts means that there may not be enough water. And to try to defend against a fire of that size with a garden hose is only asking for trouble.

My partner's son in law (volunteer firefighter from another town 80 km away) spent days up in the area at great cost to him (he owns his own business, so no work = no pay), but he's critisised for not doing more.
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I agree Polly. People are critisising firefighters and complaining that they had no water to defend their homes. All of the warnings put out by DFES clearly say not to depend on mains water because power cuts means that there may not be enough water. And to try to defend against a fire of that size with a garden hose is only asking for trouble.

My partner's son in law (volunteer firefighter from another town 80 km away) spent days up in the area at great cost to him (he owns his own business, so no work = no pay), but he's critisised for not doing more.
People forget so many of these firefighters are volunteers, don't they.

I gather the main reason for the water being cut off was that the fire had already damaged the power lines needed to get water through - what do they expect the firefighters to do? Form a chain with buckets all the way back to Mandurah?
Australia is a land that needs fire to regenerate itself. Unfortunately that impacts on its people, but they just have to cope with it, its part of living here. To criticise exhausted Firies is just beyond comprehension.

Drove through Dunalley in Tasmania yesterday, the village that was almost wiped out by a fire a couple of years back. Huge areas are now just flat grass, in positions where a building would have once stood, large areas of trees regrowing but still clearly affected, and so many brand new homes. Odd feeling looking at the new homes (all the old wooden ones are gone) and realising they are built where the previous ones burnt down, and that the people went through hell but are still here - most of them had no chance to leave and had to shelter in the river. Driving over the bridge which made headlines in a photo with a family sheltering beneath it - really makes you think about the power of fire - and the fragility of life.
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I agree it's horrid to hear the finger of blame being pointed at those who did everything they could and more to help. Unfortunately it's human nature to look for a scapegoat...not saying it's right. My friends mother is one of the lucky (?) ones....she escaped driving through the Yarloop flames to safety....her husband stayed and saved their house. I believe Yarloop will rebuild...it'll never be the same again but different can be just as special as that tiny hamlet was before all this. At one stage we had items packed and ready to go given the word. My heart broke at the community meeting at the evacuation centre......so many broken memories. The firies and everyone else involved in this monster fire have been and continue to be amazing. Many of my colleagues haven't slept for longer than a couple of hours since it started......we hug each other, it's a special time despite the agony.
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Bushfire ADVICE for parts of Jindalee and Butler in the City of Wanneroo
Thursday 14 January 2016 - 6:11 PM
​*Please note the alert level for this fire has been downgraded.

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Reflection Boulevard, Camborne Parkway, Kingsbridge Boulevard and Jindalee Boulevard in Jindalee and Butler in the City of Wanneroo.

• The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire is now under control.

• 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 fire is burning in bushland west of Marmion Avenue.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

• The bushfire is moving slowly in a westerly direction.

• It is controlled but not contained.

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.
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Bushfire ADVICE for Cooloongup in the City of Rockingham
Thursday 14 January 2016 - 5:40 PM

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the Cooloongup in the City of Rockingham.

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 fire is burning in bushland near Lake Cooloongup on both sides of Mandurah Road.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
It is out of control and unpredictable.

WHAT TO DO:
Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
Read through your bushfire survival plan.
If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
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Bushfire ADVICE for Bertram, Wellard and Baldivis in the City of Rockingham
Thursday 14 January 2016 - 5:21 PM


The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people Bertram, Wellard and Baldivis in the City of Rockingham .

You need to be aware and keep up to date.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
Several fires have been reported in the area.

WHAT TO DO:
Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
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:
Some roads may be closed and motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Fire crews are on the scene.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.
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