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Bushfire Advice for northern parts of HOPETOUN in the SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HOPETOUN and RAVENSTHORPE in SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE Content:

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

ALERT LEVEL:

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

ALERT LEVEL:

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.

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 moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFEST ROUTE:
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.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • 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.


END

Bushfire Advice for northern parts of Hopetoun in the SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HOPETOUN and Ravensthorpe in SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE Content:

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

Please note changes throughout


Time of issue: 05:01 PM
Date of issue: 15 February 2020


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HOPETOUN and Ravensthorpe in SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE

ALERT LEVEL:

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 Jerrdacuttup River in the east to Horner Road in the north to John Forest 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

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people an area bounded by Buegge Road, Jerdacuttup River, Springvale 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.
  • The fire started near the intersection of LAURINA RD and HOPETOUN-RAVENSTHORPE RD in HOPETOUN.

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.
  • 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 moving in a southerly direction at 200 metres per hour.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.


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.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • 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.


END

Bushfire Advice for parts of the SHIRES OF DUNDAS, KULIN, KONDININ, LAKE GRACE, NAREMBEEN AND YILGARN

Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for parts of the SHIRES OF DUNDAS, KULIN, KONDININ, LAKE GRACE, NAREMBEEN AND YILGARN 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: 03:31 PM
Date of issue: 15 February 2020


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of the SHIRES OF DUNDAS, KULIN, KONDININ, LAKE GRACE, NAREMBEEN AND YILGARN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in an area bounded by South Coast Highway to the south, Newdegate-Ravensthorpe Road to the west, Hyden-Lake King Road and Marvel Loch-Forrestania Road to the east and Dunbar Road, Emu Fence Road, Cramphorne Road to the north in parts of VARLEY, LAKE TAY MINE SITES, HOLT ROCK, JERDACUTTUP, FORRESTANIA, HOPETOUN, HATTER HILL, LAKE CAMM, RAVENSTHORPE, MOUNT MADDEN, LAKE KING, MUNGLINUP and the western parts of FRANK HANN NATIONAL PARK, in or near the eastern parts of NAREMBEEN, including the communities of MOUNT WALKER, CRAMPHORNE, WOOLOCUTTY, MARVEL LOCH, HOLLETON, SOUTH BODALLIN, SKELETON ROCK, DULYALBIN, PARKER RANGE, SOUTH YILGARN, MOUNT HAMPTON, and MOUNT HOLLAND, HOLLETON, SKELETON ROCK, HYDEN in the SHIRES OF DUNDAS, KULIN, KONDININ, NAREMBEEN, LAKE GRACE, RAVENSTHORPE AND YILGARN.

  • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

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.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is stationary.
    • It is contained and under control.


    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:

    • Holland Track and all other tracks in the vicinity
    • King Ingram 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 your local Shire. 


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and patrolling the area.
    • Approximately 10 Emergency services volunteers and farmer response firefighters are attending.
    • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife personnel and representatives from the Shires of Kondinin, Lake Grace and Narembeen are also in attendance. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 12:37 PM on 6 February 2020.
    • Currently there has been 264,000 hectares burnt.
    • The cause of the fire is lightning.
    • Shire of Kondinin 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.

    The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


    END

    Flood - Take Action Now for Midwest-Gascoyne

    Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for minor flooding in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne districts. Content:

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

    Please note changes under Flood Details section


    Time of issue: 03:29 PM
    Date of issue: 15 February 2020

    Take action now for minor flooding in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne districts.
    People in Gascoyne River Catchment need to take action now as minor flooding is expected today


    Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises you to:

    • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate.
    • Pack a relocation kit together with your emergency kit.
    • Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.
    • Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.
    • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
    • Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
    • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
    • If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
    IF DRIVING:
    • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
    • 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.
    • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

    ROAD CLOSURES:

    Some roads may be closed due to rising flood waters.

     



    Roads information may be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the local Shire.

    FLOOD DETAILS:


    As at 15/02/2020 10:32:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises significant flooding is occurring on properties in the Eastern Gascoyne on the Lyons and Gascoyne rivers upstream of Gascoyne Junction. Flood waters are making their way downstream west towards Gascoyne Junction before they will finally reach Carnarvon. Peak flood waters are expected in Carnavon within the next seven days.Extensive areas of flooding may adversely affect road conditions. Roads may become impassable communities and homesteads may become isolated.No significant rainfall has been observed in the Gascoyne Catchment for the past 48 hours. Showers and thunderstorms are likely through parts of the Gascoyne region during Saturday.


    Lyons River:

    Flooding is now occurring in the Lyons River. 

    Gascoyne River to Jimba:
    Flooding may occur along the Gascoyne River downstream of Jimba.

    The Gascoyne River at Jimba is likely to exceed the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Sunday.

    Gascoyne River downstream of Jimba:
    Flooding may occur along the Gascoyne River downstream of Jimba.

    The Gascoyne River at Fishy Pool may exceed the minor flood level, 4.50 metres, during Sunday.


    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:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.
    • 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.
      END

    Bushfire Advice for people in or near the townsites of KATANNING, PINWERNYING, WOODANILLING and MOOJEBING in the SHIRES OF KATANNING and WOODANILLING

    Category: Bushfire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for people in or near the townsites of KATANNING, PINWERNYING, WOODANILLING and MOOJEBING in the SHIRES OF KATANNING and WOODANILLING Content:

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

    There is no change to the previous alert. Please note the Shire of Katanning have imposed a harvest and vehicle movement ban from 8am to 6pm on Saturday 15 February 2020.


    Time of issue: 03:02 PM
    Date of issue: 15 February 2020


    Bushfire ADVICE for people in or near the townsites of KATANNING, PINWERNYING, WOODANILLING and MOOJEBING in the SHIRES OF KATANNING and WOODANILLING

    ALERT LEVEL:

    A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in or near the townsite of Katanning including an area bounded by Robinson Road, Cornwall Road, Onslow Road, Maracoonda Road, Hutton Road, Kojonup-Katanning Road, Warren Road, Withers Road, Kelly Road and Robinson Road in the SHIRES OF KATANNING and WOODANILLING.

    • 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.

    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.
    • Livestock may be across the road due to damaged fencing.

    BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

    • The bushfire is stationary.
    • It is contained and under control.


    ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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

    The following roads have been reopened: 

    • Trimmer Road between Climie Road and Great Southern Highway
    • Climie Road 

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke in the area.

    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 Shires of Katanning and Woodanilling.

    PROHIBITED BURNING PERIOD AND HARVEST AND VEHICLE MOVEMENT BAN:

    The Shire of Katanning has extended the Prohibited Burning Period from 14 February 2020 to 28 February 2020. No burning is to be conducted during this period. 


    The Shire of Katanning have imposed a harvest and vehicle movement ban from 8am to 6pm on Saturday 15 February 2020.


    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters are monitoring the situation.
    • firefighters are attending.
    • Firefighters have saved an estimated 203 buildings in the area, including 43 homes.
    • Shires of Katanning and Woodanilling are also in attendance.

      The Disaster Response Hotline has been opened to receive calls for assistance and can be reached at 1800 032 965.


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • One house has been lost and two houses have sustained damage. Rural fencing and several outbuildings have also been lost.
    • The fire was reported at 11:24 AM on 7 February 2020.
    • Currently there has been 4200 hectares burnt.
    • The perimeter of the fire is 47 kilometres long. .
    • The cause of the fire is unknown.
    • The Shires of Katanning and Woodanilling are 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.

    The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.


    END

    Flood - Take Action Now for Midwest-Gascoyne

    Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for minor flooding in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne districts. Content:

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

    Please note changes under Flood Details section


    Time of issue: 02:36 PM
    Date of issue: 15 February 2020

    Take action now for minor flooding in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne districts.
    People in Gascoyne River Catchment need to take action now as minor flooding is expected today


    Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.

    WHAT TO DO:
    DFES advises you to:

    • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate.
    • Pack a relocation kit together with your emergency kit.
    • Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.
    • Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.
    • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
    • Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
    • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
    • If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
    IF DRIVING:
    • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
    • 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.
    • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

    ROAD CLOSURES:



    Some local roads have been closed and information may be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the local Shire.

    FLOOD DETAILS:


    As at 15/02/2020 10:32:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises significant flooding is occurring on properties in the Eastern Gascoyne on the Lyons and Gascoyne rivers upstream of Gascoyne Junction. Flood waters are making their way downstream west towards Gascoyne Junction before they will finally reach Carnarvon. Peak flood waters are expected in Carnavon within the next seven days.Extensive areas of flooding may adversely affect road conditions. Roads may become impassable communities and homesteads may become isolated.No significant rainfall has been observed in the Gascoyne Catchment for the past 48 hours. Showers and thunderstorms are likely through parts of the Gascoyne region during Saturday.


    Lyons River:

    Flooding is now occurring in the Lyons River. 

    Gascoyne River to Jimba:
    Flooding may occur along the Gascoyne River downstream of Jimba.

    The Gascoyne River at Jimba is likely to exceed the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Sunday.

    Gascoyne River downstream of Jimba:
    Flooding may occur along the Gascoyne River downstream of Jimba.

    The Gascoyne River at Fishy Pool may exceed the minor flood level, 4.50 metres, during Sunday.


    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:

    • DFES is monitoring the situation.
    • 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.
      END

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