The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Please note no change since previous alert. This alert has been downgraded to a Watch and Act as the fire is contained, however residents are urged to remain vigilant.
Time of issue: 04:20 AM
Date of issue: 06 March 2019
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for southern BULLSBROOK including SHADY HILLS ESTATE, north western parts of GIDGEGANNUP and north western parts of WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK in the CITY OF SWAN
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people south of SMITH ROAD in BULLSBROOK including SHADY HILLS ESTATE, east of the Great Northern Highway, north of Walyunga Road, west of O'BRIEN ROAD and the AVON RIVER in GIDGEGANNUP and north western parts of WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK in the CITY OF SWAN.
- You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
- The fire started in Walyunga National Park.
- People in the Shady Hills Estate are advised that they should seek alternative accommodation due to expected unpredictable severe fire weather.
- Your safest option is to stay with family or friends who live away from the area or at the temporary evacuation centre at Beechboro Community Hub (Old Altone Park Recreation Centre), 332 Benara Road, Beechboro.
- 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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
- Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
Bushfire ADVICE for the south western parts of BULLSBROOK in the CITY OF SWAN
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by MARALLA ROAD to the south, RAILWAY PARADE to the west, STRACHAN ROAD to the north and the GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY to the east, in the western part of BULLSBROOK in the CITY OF SWAN.
- 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 in the Walyunga National Park.
- 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.
- It is contained and under control.
- Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
- Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
- The Department for Communites has set up a temporary evacuation centre at the Beechboro Community Hub (Old Altone Park Recreation Centre), 332 Benara Road, Beechboro.
- Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
- Horses can be taken to the State Equestrian Centre Pony Club. Please contact the caretaker on 0437 650 423 for further information.
PLACE OF LAST RESORT:
- If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
- This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
- Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
The safest route for people in the Watch and Act area (yellow) is north via Taylor Road, left on Smith Road, left on Chittering Road to Great Northern Highway. The safest route for people in the Advice area (blue) is in a south westerly direction towards the Great Northern Highway.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
Vehicle control points remain in place at the following intersections:
- EWING ROAD and CLENTON ROAD
Residents no longer require restricted access permits to access their properties.
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 the City of Swan.
The WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK is closed.
For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/RESTRICTED ACCESS PERMITS:
- Residents no longer require restricted access permits to access properties in the area.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene overnight actively patrolling the eastern side of the Avon River in Walyunga National Park. Firefighters are also in Shady Hills Estate overnight patrolling and providing asset protection.
- 100 Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
WA Police, Western Power, St John Ambulance, State Emergency Service, Salvation Army, Department of Communities and the City of Swan are also in attendance.
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 01:18 PM on 4 March 2019.
- Currently there has been 94 hectares burnt.
- The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
- 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 listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.