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Exclamation WA Fire Alert / Warning

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Banjup, Aubin Grove and Atwell in the City of Cockburn and Forrestdale in the City of Armadale

Tuesday 4 February 2014 - 4:00 AM


A bushfire WATCH AND ACT remains for people in Banjup, Aubin Grove and Atwell in the City of Cockburn and Forrestdale in the City of Armadale.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning within the area and conditions are changing.
You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
The fire started between Taylor Road and Nicholson Road.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
The bushfire is no longer travelling
The fire remains contained but it is not controlled.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
Flames are burning into tree tops.
Firefighters are experiencing gusting easterly winds that are expected to continue throughout the night.



WHAT TO DO:
If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


SAFER PLACE:
Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has also set up a temporary evacuation centre at Armadale Arena located on the corner of Townley Street and Forrest Road in Armadale.
The evacuation centre will remain open throughout the night.


ALERT LEVEL:A bushfire ALL CLEAR advice remains for people in Success and Hammond Park

Although there is no immediate danger for people in these areas you need to be aware and keep up to date.
The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.


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:
Liddelow Road between Armadale Road and Oxley Road
Taylor Road between Armadale Road and Oxley Road
Nicholson Road between Armadale Road and Rowley Road
Beenyup Road between Tapper Road and Coffey Road
Tapper Road between Beenyup Road and Armadale Road.

Motorists are asked to avoid the Kwinana Freeway southbound, after Berrigan Drive, due to heavy smoke in the area.

People are asked to remain patient with every attempt being made to open roads as soon as it is safe to do so. Please follow the directions of emergency services personel working on site.

For further details contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au


COMMUNITY MEETING:
A community meeting will be held at 10.00am Tuesday 4 February at the Armadale Arena located on the corner of Townley Street and Forrest Road in Armadale.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
One hundred and eighty career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters in thirty two appliances are on the scene.
DFES State Emergency Service, WA Police and the Department of Child Protection and Family Support are also on the scene.
Firefighters are strengthing containment lines.
Aerial support cannot operate in the dark and have been released from the incident. If needed they will return at first light.


EXTRA INFORMATION:
The fire was reported at 12.12am Monday 3 February and approximately 487 hectares have been burnt.
There has been some damage to properties in the area.
Telephone text and voice messages have been issued to Banjup, Atwell, Forrestdale and Aubin Grove.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 1300 657 209, follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every two hours unless the situation changes.
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