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Jarrahwood Residents Asked To Act Immediately To Survive With Emergency Warning

Threat to lives and homes

Jarrahwood Residents Asked To Act Immediately To Survive With Emergency Warning

UPDATED: 1:39pm

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for JARRAHWOOD townsite and surrounds in the CITY OF BUSSELTON

ALERT LEVEL: 

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in JARRAHWOOD townsite and surrounds in the CITY OF BUSSELTON.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.

  • Homes are under threat by fire now.

  • The fire started near the intersection of JARRAHWOOD MILL RD and ASHCROFT RD in JARRAHWOOD.

WHAT TO DO:

  • It is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.

  • You need to shelter in your home.

  • Go to a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.

  • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.

  • You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.

  • Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.

  • If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.

  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for south of JARRAHWOOD townsite in the CITY OF BUSSELTON

ALERT LEVEL: 

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people south of JARRAHWOOD townsite between Jarrahwood Road and Jarrah Log Road in the CITY OF BUSSELTON.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

  • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

  • The fire started near the intersection of JARRAHWOOD MILL RD and ASHCROFT RD in JARRAHWOOD.

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 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 BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving fast in a southerly direction.

  • It is out of control and unpredictable.

  • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

SAFER PLACE:

An evacuation centre has been opened at the Geographe Leisure Centre

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.

  • The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has set up a temporary evacuation centre at Geographe Leisure Centre.

  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

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.


SAFEST ROUTE: 
Leave towards Busselton on the Vasse Highway.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

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

The following road has been closed:

  • Vasse Highway between Cundinup West Road and Petryl Road

  • Jarrahwood Road between Ashcroft Road and Vasse Highway

The Munda Biddi Trail is closed between Nannup townsite and the intersection of Claymore and Lidel 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR CITY OF BUSSELTON.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and undertaking asset protection.

  • Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.

  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 07:35 AM on 6 June 2019.

  • Currently there has been 320 hectares burnt.

  • The cause of the fire is The cause of the fire is an escape from pine harvest debris burns. The most recent ignition was 21 May 2019.

  • DFES is managing the fire.

 

 

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