The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Please note changes throughout, including the extension of the Watch and Act Area to the north and road closures
Time of issue: 07:29 PM
Date of issue: 15 February 2020
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HOPETOUN and RAVENSTHORPE in SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in an area bounded by Buegge Road through to Jones Road in the south, to Jerdacuttup River in the east to Elverdton Road in the north to John Forrest Road to the west, including the estate of Blue Vista in the SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE.
- There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
- The fire started near the intersection of LAURINA RD and HOPETOUN-RAVENSTHORPE RD in HOPETOUN.
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 northern parts of HOPETOUN in the SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE
A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people an area bounded by Buegge Road, Jerdacuttup River, Springdale Road and John Forrest Road in the SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE.
- There is no threat to lives or homes.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
- It is out of control and unpredictable.
People south of Jerdacuttup Road wishing to evacuate should head south towards Hopetoun .
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:
Hopetoun-Ravensthorpe Road is closed at the following intersections:
- South Coast Highway at the Roundabout
- Springdale Road
- Jerdacuttup Road
- Elverdton 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 RAVENSTHORPE.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene.
- 40 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.
- The fire was reported at 03:05 PM on 15 February 2020.
- The cause of the fire is accidental.
- Shire of Ravensthorpe 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.