The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Please note changes under Bushfire Behaviour and Restricted Access Permit sections. The Watch and Act will remain in place due to gusting winds expected this afternoon. Restricted access permits are available today, please see RESTRICTED ACCESS PERMITS section below for more details.
Time of issue: 02:47 PM
Date of issue: 29 January 2020
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HOPELAND and MARDELLA in the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people north of Karnup Road, east of Manning Road, south of Mundijong Road and west of Kargotich Road in the northern part of HOPELAND and the western part of MARDELLA in the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.
- The fire started near the intersection of ROWE RD and HOPELAND RD in HOPELAND.
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.
- If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
- At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
- If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
Bushfire ADVICE for MUNDIJONG, OLDBURY, northern part of MARDELLA, HOPELAND, SERPENTINE and CARDUP in the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area north of Mundijong Road, west of Hopkinson Road, south of Gossage Road and east of King Road, and another area north of Karnup Road, south of Rowe Road and Mundijong Road, west of Wright Road and Richardson Road and east of Manning Road in the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.
- There is no threat to lives or homes.
- 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.
- Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
- Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
- Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
- The bushfire is stationary.
- It is contained but not fully controlled.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:
- Intersection of Lowlands Road and Rapids Road
- Intersection of Gull road and Rapids Road
- Intersection of Rowe Road and Rapids Road
- Intersection of Hopeland Road and Karnup Road
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.
RESTRICTED ACCESS PERMITS:
- Residents and business owners impacted by the fire can apply for a restricted access permit to enter designated areas for a specific time and purpose.
- A restricted access permit issuing unit has been established at Serpentine Bushfire Station at 1514 Karnup Road, Serpentine from 10am - 6pm today, Wednesday 29 January. Please bring along valid identity documents including a drivers licence or passport, and proof of the affected address.
- Due to the ever changing conditions, the issuing of restricted access permits may temporarily stop and your patience is appreciated.
- For more information about restricted access permits visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/regulationandcompliance/restrictedaccesspermits
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are strengthening containment lines.
- 90 Bush Fire Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers are also in attendance.
- The fire was reported at 02:19 PM on 28 January 2020.
- Currently there has been 90 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is unknown.
- DFES is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.
During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.
Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.