Source: Emergency WA


Bushfire Emergency Warning - in the vicinity of Karnup Road, Young Road and Kwinana Freeway southbound in eastern parts of BALDIVIS in the CITY OF ROCKINGHAM

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

Please note this alert has been upgraded to an Emergency Warning. The Kwinana Freeway soutbound is closed between Safety Bay Road and Karnup Road

Time of issue: 04:35 PM
Date of issue: 11 January 2021

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for eastern parts of BALDIVIS in the CITY OF ROCKINGHAM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in the vicinity of Karnup Road, Young Road and Kwinana Freeway southbound in eastern parts of BALDIVIS in the CITY OF ROCKINGHAM.

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

The fire started near the intersection of KARNUP RD and KWINANA FWY in BALDIVIS.

WHAT TO DO:

It's too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.

You need to shelter in your home in a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.

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

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

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

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.

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

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly direction.

Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

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:

Kwinana Freeway southbound between Safety Bay Road and Karnup 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 CITY OF ROCKINGHAM.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

50 Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services firefighters are attending.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 03:40 PM on 11 January 2021.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: 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.

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