Source: Emergency WA

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

Please note changes to the Warning Area.

This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.

Time of issue: 06:23 PM
Date of issue: 10 January 2019

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of ST RONANS and DALIAK in SHIRE OF YORK

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people bounded Mokine Road, west of Ulster Road, Great Southern Highway and Myanarra Road including the Wambyn Nature Reserve.

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

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire is moving rapidly..

Homes in the area could be impacted..

The fire started near the intersection of GREAT SOUTHERN HWY in ST RONANS.

WHAT TO DO:

If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.

Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.

If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.

If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.

If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.

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 parts of YORK in the SHIRE OF YORK

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people people in an area bounded by North Road, Eleventh Road, west of Ulster Road, Great Southern Highway out to the intersection with Trews Road and Mokine Road in YORK in the SHIRE OF YORK.

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 GREAT SOUTHERN HWY in ST RONANS.

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 ADVICE for the YORK TOWNSITE in SHIRE OF YORK

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in SHIRE OF YORK.

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 GREAT SOUTHERN HWY in ST RONANS.

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 fast in a north easterly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

SAFEST ROUTE:
People in the Emergency Warning Area can leave to the north via Ashworth Road. People in the Watch and Act Area can leave on the Northam-York Road or Spencer Brook Road. .

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:

Great Southern Highway is closed between Ashworth Road and the townsite of York.

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 SHIRE OF YORK.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

firefighters are attending.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

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 10 January 2019.

Shire of YORK 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 or listen to news bulletins.

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.

DFES Bushfires