EmergencyWA Alerts & Warnings

Bushfire All Clear for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING Content:

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


Time of issue: 03:22 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Bushfire ALL CLEAR for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING

ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in the vicinity of Burma Road and Bailup Road in southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING.

  • The bushfire that was burning in Bailup has been extinguished.
  • The danger has passed 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 AND CONDITIONS:

All roads are now open.

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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR calling the SHIRE OF MUNDARING.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are patrolling the area..


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 02:59 PM on 21 March 2019.
  • Currently there has been 5 hectares burnt.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • Shire of Mundaring 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 or listen to news bulletins.
No further updates will be issued.


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Park Closure Advice for Karijini National Park in Pilbara

Category: Other Alert Summary: Park Closure for Karijini National Park in the Shire of Ashburton Content:

The following information has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Time of issue: 03:10 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019

Park Closure for Karijini National Park in the Shire of Ashburton

The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued a Park Closure for Karijini National Park due to Cyclone Veronica.

The park will be closed for visitor safety from 9am Saturday, 23 March until further notice.

WHAT TO DO:

  • People are urged to avoid the area, follow the advice of Parks and Wildlife Service staff and observe signage.
  • People already in the area should leave for a safer place.
  • For more information, contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow us on Twitter or Facebook, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news updates.


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Storm - Take Action Now for Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne Content:

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


Time of issue: 02:54 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

If you live in Goldfields, Eucla, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

Locations which may be affected include Kalgoorlie, Merredin, Norseman, Balladonia, Mukinbudin and Southern Cross.

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance


WEATHER DETAILS:

At 22/03/2019 14:30:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised at 2:30pm, satellite and radar imagery showed thunderstorms extending from about Paynes Find to Hyden. These storms are moving towards the east. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones, as well as possible heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area this afternoon and evening. Severe weather is expected to ease by 10:00pm.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

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


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

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 or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


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Park Closure Advice for Millstream Chichester National Park in Pilbara

Category: Other Alert Summary: Park Closure for Millstream Chichester National Park in the Shire of Ashburton Content:

The following information has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Time of issue: 02:51 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019

Park Closure for Millstream Chichester National Park in the Shire of Ashburton

The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued a Park Closure for Millstream Chichester National Park due to Cyclone Veronica.

The park will be closed for visitor safety until further notice.

WHAT TO DO:

  • People are urged to avoid the area, follow the advice of Parks and Wildlife Service staff and observe signage.
  • People already in the area should leave for a safer place.
  • For more information, contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow us on Twitter or Facebook, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news updates.


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Bushfire All Clear for Bushfire ADVICE for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Bushfire ADVICE for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY Content:

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Please note this fire is now being managed by Parks and Wildlife Service


Time of issue: 02:31 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Bushfire ADVICE for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in and around Pinjarra-Williams Road between Days Road and Inglehope Road in INGLEHOPE in the SHIRE OF MURRAY.

  • The bushfire is no longer impacting the community in this area.
  • The danger has passed 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 AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have not been closed.

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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF MURRAY.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are patrolling the area and mopping up.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 04:03 AM on 22 March 2019.
  • Parks and Wildlife Service 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 or listen to news bulletins.
No further updates will be issued.


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Storm - Take Action Now for Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands Content:

This is a new alert

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


Time of issue: 01:33 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands

If you live in Goldfields, Eucla, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

Locations which may be affected include Merredin, Norseman, Balladonia and Southern Cross.

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance


WEATHER DETAILS:

At 22/03/2019 13:18:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised at 1:00pm, satellite and radar imagery showed thunderstorms extending between Merredin and Hyden. These storms are moving towards the east. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones, as well as possible heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area this afternoon and evening. Severe weather is expected to ease by 10:00pm.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

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


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

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 or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


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Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

Please note changes to Cyclone Weather Details

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 12:52 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
  • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 22 March 2019 12:01 PM:

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly towards the Pilbara coast. The cyclone should track south to southwest today before taking a more south to southeast track on Saturday and impact the coast. While the cyclone may weaken before before reaching the coast, a severe coastal impact is likely.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Pardoo and Mardie from overnight on Friday. Gales could extend further east to Wallal Downs, further west to Onslow and extend to inland areas including Pannawonica and Marble Bar later on Saturday. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo later Saturday. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night and Sunday.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely along parts of the Pilbara coast over the weekend. Heavy rainfall may extend through the inland Pilbara as the system moves inland.

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

People in communities between Mardie and Onslow and the inland Pilbara including Marble Bar and Pannawonica should listen for the next advice.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have not yet been closed but is it likely that roads will be impacted. 

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

SCHOOLS:

The Department of Education has advised that schools within the Blue Alert area will remain open today, Friday 22 March. For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Pardoo to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Pardoo to Wallal, Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica and Marble Bar


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. 

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
  • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
  • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

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 or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

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Flood - Prepare for Pilbara, Kimberley

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara, Kimberley districts Content:


Please note changes under What Emergency Services Are Doing section


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


Time of issue: 12:23 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019

Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara, Kimberley districts.


People in areas within the Pilbara District Rivers should prepare for possible Major flooding expected late Saturday into Sunday. Catchments likely to be affected include the De Grey River, Pilbara Coastal Rivers, Fortescue River, Onslow Coast, Ashburton River and Lyndon-Minilya Rivers.

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:  
DFES advises you to:

  • Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents and medication.
  • Fill your vehicle's fuel tank.
  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
  • Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions.


Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. 

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

FLOOD DETAILS:  
As at 21/03/2019 14:33:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises Widespread heavy rain associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to trigger significant widespread flooding commencing late Saturday into Sunday. Heavy rainfall is expected in areas bounded by Wallal Downs to Telfer to Newman to Paraburdoo through to Onslow. Rainfall totals within these areas for Saturday through to Tuesday will range from 100 millimetres furthest from the cyclones path to 500 plus millimetres for the 4 day period closest to the cyclone track. Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, extensive areas of flooding and may adversely affect road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated.

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au
For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500  
  • In a life threatening situation call 000  
  • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood        


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 or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.  

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Bushfire Advice for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY Content:

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

There is no change to the previous alert


Time of issue: 10:57 AM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Bushfire ADVICE for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in and around Pinjarra-Williams Road between Days Road and Inglehope Road in INGLEHOPE in the SHIRE OF MURRAY.

  • 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 started near the intersection of PINJARRA-WILLIAMS RD and INGLEHOPE RD in INGLEHOPE.
WHAT TO DO:

    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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is stationary.
    • It is contained but not controlled.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
    Some roads may be closed.

    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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF MURRAY.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 04:03 AM on 22 March 2019.
    • 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 or listen to news bulletins.
    The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING Content:

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

    Please note changes under What Firefighters are Doing section


    Time of issue: 10:28 AM
    Date of issue: 22 March 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Burma Road and Bailup Road in southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING.

    • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as firefighters have been able to stop the running fire.
    • 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.
    • The fire started near the intersection of BAILUP RD and BURMA RD in BAILUP.
    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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is stationary.
    • It is out of control and unpredictable.


    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:

    • Bailup Road between Burma and Toodyay roads.

    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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR calling the SHIRE OF MUNDARING.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are on the scene.
    • 10 Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 02:59 PM on 21 March 2019.
    • Currently there has been 5 hectares burnt.
    • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
    • Shire of Mundaring 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 or listen to news bulletins.
    The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.


    END

    Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar

    Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

    Please note changes to Cyclone Weather Details

    The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
    Time of issue: 09:26 AM
    Date of issue: 22 March 2019


    Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

    COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
    A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara.
    Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises:

    • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
    • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
    • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
    • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 


    CYCLONE DETAILS:
    As at 22 March 2019 08:57 AM:

    The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly towards the Pilbara coast. The cyclone should track south to southwest today before taking a more south to southeast track on Saturday and impact the coast. While the cyclone may weaken before before reaching the coast, a severe coastal impact is likely.

    Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Pardoo and Mardie from overnight on Friday. Gales could extend further east to Wallal Downs, further west to Onslow and extend to inland areas including Pannawonica and Marble Bar later on Saturday. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo later Saturday. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast over the weekend.

    Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely along parts of the Pilbara coast over the weekend. Heavy rainfall may extend through the inland Pilbara as the system moves inland.

    People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

    People in communities between Mardie and Onslow and the inland Pilbara including Marble Bar and Pannawonica should listen for the next advice.

    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

    Roads have not yet been closed but is it likely that roads will be impacted. 

    Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

    Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

    SCHOOLS:

    The Department of Education has advised that schools within the Blue Alert area will remain open today, Friday 22 March. For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

    FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS: :

    CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Pardoo to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

    CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Pardoo to Wallal, Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica and Marble Bar


    WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

    DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

    DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

    A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. 

    All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

    DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

    WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

    IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    • For SES assistance call 132 500
    • In a life threatening situation call 000
    • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
    • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

    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 or listen to news bulletins.
    Updates will be provided when the situation changes

    END

    Bushfire All Clear for parts of BROADWATER and WEST BUSSELTON in the CITY OF BUSSELTON

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for parts of BROADWATER and WEST BUSSELTON in the CITY OF BUSSELTON Content:

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


    Time of issue: 08:53 AM
    Date of issue: 22 March 2019


    Bushfire ALL CLEAR for parts of BROADWATER and WEST BUSSELTON in the CITY OF BUSSELTON

    ALERT LEVEL:

    An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in the vicinity of Geographe Bay Road and Dolphin Road in BROADWATER and WEST BUSSELTON in the CITY OF BUSSELTON.

    • The bushfire that was burning in in the vicinity of Geographe Bay Road and Dolphin Road has been extinguished.
    • Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day.
    • The danger has passed 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 AND CONDITIONS:

    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

    Geographe Bay Road has been reopened.

    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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting CITY OF BUSSELTON.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are monitoring the area remotely.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 01:49 PM on 21 March 2019.
    • 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 or listen to news bulletins.
    No further updates will be issued.


    END

    Bushfire Advice for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY Content:

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

    This is a new alert


    Time of issue: 06:53 AM
    Date of issue: 22 March 2019


    Bushfire ADVICE for southern part of INGLEHOPE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in and around Pinjarra-Williams Road between Days Road and Inglehope Road in INGLEHOPE in the SHIRE OF MURRAY.

    • 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 started near the intersection of PINJARRA-WILLIAMS RD and INGLEHOPE RD in INGLEHOPE.
    WHAT TO DO:

      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.

      BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

      • The bushfire is stationary.
      • It is contained but not controlled.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
      Some roads may be closed.

      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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF MURRAY.


      WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

      • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 04:03 AM on 22 March 2019.
      • 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 or listen to news bulletins.
      The next update will be provided by 11am today unless the situation changes.


      END

      Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar

      Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal Content:

      Please note changes to Cyclone Weather Details

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
      Time of issue: 06:16 AM
      Date of issue: 22 March 2019


      Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara.
      Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:

      • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
      • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
      • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
      • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 


      CYCLONE DETAILS:
      As at 22 March 2019 05:49 AM:

      The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly towards the Pilbara coast. The cyclone should track south to southwest during Friday before taking a more south to southeast track on Saturday and Sunday as it approaches the Pilbara coast. A severe coastal impact is likely, however there remains a chance that the system could weaken before reaching the Pilbara coastline. 

      Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Pardoo and Mardie from as early as Friday evening. Gales could extend further east to Wallal, further west to Onslow and extend to inland areas including Pannawonica, Tom Price and Marble Bar later on Saturday. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo later Saturday. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast over the weekend.

      Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely along parts of the Pilbara coast over the weekend. Heavy rainfall may extend through the inland Pilbara as the system moves inland.

      People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

      People in communities between Mardie and Onslow and the inland Pilbara including Marble Bar, Pannawonica and Tom Price should listen for the next advice.

      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Roads have not yet been closed but is it likely that roads will be impacted. 

      Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

      Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

      SCHOOLS:

      The Department of Education has advised that schools within the Blue Alert area will remain open on Friday 22 March. For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

      FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS: :

      CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Pardoo to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

      CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Pardoo to Wallal, Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Tom Price and Marble Bar


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      DFES is working closely with volunteers and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

      DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

      A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. 

      All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

      DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

      WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

      IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      • For SES assistance call 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000
      • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
      • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

      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 or listen to news bulletins.
      Updates will be provided when the situation changes

      END

      After Storm: Cancellation for Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern

      Category: Storm Alert Summary: Cancellation of severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the Goldfields-Midlands and Great Southern Content:

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


      Time of issue: 11:49 PM
      Date of issue: 21 March 2019

      Cancellation of severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern

      As at 21/03/2019 23:20:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorms warning in the South West Land Division has been cancelled.

      Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in WA.

      To date, DFES has received minimal calls for assistance.


      WEATHER DETAILS:

      At 21/03/2019 23:20:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised At 21/03/2019 23:20:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised that thunderstorms have weakened and are no longer expected to be severe, although thunderstorm activity may continue to occur. Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in WA. The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Some roads may be closed.

      Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

      Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • DFES is monitoring the situation.


      IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

      • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000

      After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

      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 or listen to news bulletins.
      No further updates will be issued.


      END

      Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar

      Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Mardie and Wallal Content:

      Please note changes to Cyclone Weather Details and locations included within the Watch area

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
      Time of issue: 09:38 PM
      Date of issue: 21 March 2019


      Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara.
      Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:

      • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
      • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
      • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
      • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 


      CYCLONE DETAILS:
      As at 21 March 2019 08:51 PM:

      The Bureau of Meteorology advises Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly towards the Pilbara coast. The cyclone should continue its south to southwest track tonight and Friday before taking a more south southeast track on Saturday.

      Whilst it is possible that the cyclone may weaken before reaching the Pilbara coast, a severe coastal impact is likely.

      Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Pardoo and Mardie from as early as Friday evening. Gales may extend further east to Wallal Downs, further west to Onslow and extend to inland areas including Tom Price and Marble Bar later on Saturday. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo later Saturday. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast.

      Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely along parts of the Pilbara coast over the weekend. Heavy rainfall may extend through the inland Pilbara as the system moves inland. 

      People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Roads have not yet been closed but is it likely that roads will be impacted. 

      Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

      Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

      SCHOOLS:

      The Department of Education has advised that schools within the Blue Alert area will remain open on Friday 22 March. For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

      FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS: :

      CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Pardoo to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

      CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Pardoo to Wallal Downs, Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Tom Price and Marble Bar


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      DFES is working closely with volunteers and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

      DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region this morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

      A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara tomorrow. 

      All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

      DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

      WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

      IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      • For SES assistance call 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000
      • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
      • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

      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 or listen to news bulletins.
      Updates will be provided when the situation changes

      END

      Storm - Take Action Now for Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern

      Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern Content:

      Please note changes to locations affected

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


      Time of issue: 09:14 PM
      Date of issue: 21 March 2019


      Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern

      If you live in the South East Coastal and parts of Goldfields, Eucla, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt districts you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

      Locations which may be affected include Merredin, Norseman, Lake King, Ravensthorpe, Salmon Gums and Southern Cross.

      This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

      WHAT TO DO:

      DFES advises you to:

      • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
      • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
      • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
      • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
      • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
      IF DRIVING:
      • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
      • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
      • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
      • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

      • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

      People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance


      WEATHER DETAILS:

      At 21/03/2019 20:20:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised an area of thunderstorms were observed on radar and satellite imagery extending approximately from Merredin to Ravensthorpe to Norseman. Other severe thunderstorms may develop over remaining parts of the warning area this evening. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Merredin, Norseman, Lake King, Ravensthorpe, Salmon Gums and Southern Cross. A wind gust of 93 km/h was recorded at Southern Cross at 3:09pm WST.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Some roads may be closed.

      Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

      Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • DFES is monitoring the situation.


      IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

      • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000

      After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

      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 or listen to news bulletins.
      Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


      END

      After Storm: Cancellation for South West

      Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands and Great Southern Content:

      Please note changes to locations affected and under weather details section

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


      Time of issue: 05:46 PM
      Date of issue: 21 March 2019


      Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern

      If you live in the Great Southern, Central Wheat Belt, Goldfields, and South East Coastal districts you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

      Locations which may be affected include Merredin, Norseman, Lake King, Salmon Gums, Southern Cross and Wongan Hills.

      This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

      WHAT TO DO:

      DFES advises you to:

      • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
      • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
      • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
      • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
      • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
      IF DRIVING:
      • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
      • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
      • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
      • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

      • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

      People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance

      Cancellation of severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the South West

      As at 21/03/2019 17:00:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorms warning the Lower West, South West and South Coastal districts has been cancelled.

      Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in these districts.

      To date, DFES has received minimal calls for assistance.


      WEATHER DETAILS:

      At 21/03/2019 17:00:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised an area of thunderstorms were observed on radar and satellite imagery extending approximately from Dalwallinu to Merredin to Norseman. Other severe thunderstorms may develop over remaining parts of the warning area this evening. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. A wind gust of 93 kilometres per hour was recorded at Southern Cross at 3:09pm.


      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Some roads may be closed.

      Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

      Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      • DFES is monitoring the situation.


      IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

      • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000

      After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

      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 or listen to news bulletins.
      Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


      END

      Bushfire Advice for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING

      Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING Content:

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

      Please note changes to Alert Level and throughout


      Time of issue: 05:09 PM
      Date of issue: 21 March 2019


      Bushfire ADVICE for southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING

      ALERT LEVEL:

      A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Burma Road and Bailup Road in southern parts of BAILUP in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING.

      • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as firefighters have been able to stop the running fire.
      • 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.
      • The fire started near the intersection of BAILUP RD and BURMA RD in BAILUP.
      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.

      BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

      • The bushfire is stationary.
      • It is out of control and unpredictable.


      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:

      • Bailup Road between Burma and Toodyay roads.

      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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR calling the SHIRE OF MUNDARING.


      WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

      • Firefighters are on the scene.
      • 50 Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.


      EXTRA INFORMATION:

      • The fire was reported at 02:59 PM on 21 March 2019.
      • Currently there has been 5 hectares burnt.
      • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
      • Shire of Mundaring 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 or listen to news bulletins.
      The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


      END

      Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar

      Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal in the Pilbara Content:

      Please note changes to Cyclone Weather Details and locations included within the Blue Alert, Watch and Warning areas

      The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
      Time of issue: 04:33 PM
      Date of issue: 21 March 2019


      Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara

      COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
      A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara.
      Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

      WHAT TO DO:
      DFES advises:

      • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
      • Secure or remove loose material from around your home.
      • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
      • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 


      CYCLONE DETAILS:
      As at 21 March 2019 03:00 PM:

      The Bureau of Meteorology advises Tropical Cyclone Veronica has rapidly developed into a Category 4 system. 

      Category 4 Cyclone Veronica is estimated to be 385 kilometres north northwest of Port Hedland and 420 kilometres north of Karratha.

      It is moving south southwest at 9 kilometres per hour with sustained winds near the centre of 195 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 270 kilometres per hour.

      The cyclone should continue its south to southwest track today and tomorrow before taking a more south southeast track on Saturday. While it is possible the cyclone may weaken before reaching the Pilbara coast, a severe impact is likely.

      Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Pardoo and Mardie from as early as Friday evening and may extend further east to Wallal and adjacent inland areas later on Saturday. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo later Saturday. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre.

      Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely along parts of the Pilbara coast over the weekend.

      People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

      ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

      Roads have not yet been closed but is it likely that roads will be impacted. 

      Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

      Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

      SCHOOLS:

      The Department of Education has advised that schools within the Blue Alert area will remain open on Friday 22 March. For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

      FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS: :

      CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Pardoo to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island.

      CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Pardoo to Wallal and inland Pilbara including Pannawonica and Marble Bar


      WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

      DFES is working closely with volunteers and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

      DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region this morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

      A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara tomorrow. 

      All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

      DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

      WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

      IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

      • For SES assistance call 132 500
      • In a life threatening situation call 000
      • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
      • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

      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 or listen to news bulletins.
      Updates will be provided when the situation changes

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