Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Emergency Warning - in parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BELHUS, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, THE VINES, UPPER SWAN and WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK in the CITY OF SWAN.
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note changes to the Emergency Warning and Watch and Act boundaries. Cooler weather conditions and progress of mopping up along containment lines means areas east of Reserve Road are no longer under immediate threat. People in or around the intersections of Clenton Road, O'Brien Road and Ewing Road need to be aware that there is still uncontained fire activity. The area east of Toodyay Road is expected to be open to the public from 4pm today. This will be confirmed in the community meeting currently underway. Please note changes under What Firefighters are doing and Road Closures and Conditions sections.

Time of issue: 01:17 PM
Date of issue: 05 February 2021

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BELHUS, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, THE VINES, UPPER SWAN and WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK in the CITY OF SWAN.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BELHUS, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, THE VINES, UPPER SWAN and WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK in the CITY OF SWAN..

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

WHAT TO DO:

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.

For people in or around the intersections of Clenton Road, O'Brien Road and Ewing Road, you need to be aware that there is still uncontained fire activity. If you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear by travelling in a direction away from the fire.

For people in the remainder of the Emergency Warning area, if you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear by travelling in a direction away from the fire to a safer place. This applies to ALL people in this area, including people who have been directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine and everyone subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

If you are in an area subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions leave now, to a suitable premises or safer place, wear a mask and continue to follow precautions to minimise the spread of the virus.

If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine due to COVID-19:

Leave now, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.

If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.

Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.?

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of AVELEY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BELHUS, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, HENLEY BROOK, MUCHEA, THE VINES and UPPER SWAN in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING, TOODYAY and CHITTERING and the CITY OF SWAN.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in parts of AVELEY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BELHUS, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, HENLEY BROOK, MUCHEA, THE VINES and UPPER SWAN in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING, TOODYAY and CHITTERING and the CITY OF SWAN..

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

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.

If you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 and plan to leave:

Leave now, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.

If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.

Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Bushfire ADVICE for parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, AVELEY, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BEECHINA, BENNETT SPRINGS, BRABHAM, BULLSBROOK, CHIDLOW, CULLACABARDEE, DAYTON, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, GNANGARA, HENLEY BROOK, HERNE HILL, HOVEA, JANDABUP, JANE BROOK, LEXIA, LOWER CHITTERING, MARIGINIUP, MELALEUCA, MIDDLE SWAN, MILLENDON, MOONDYNE, MORANGUP, MOUNT HELENA, MUCHEA, PARKERVILLE, PINJAR, RED HILL, SAWYERS VALLEY, STONEVILLE, STRATTON, WEST SWAN, WHITEMAN, WOOROLOO, WUNDOWIE in the SHIRES OF CHITTERING, MUNDARING, TOODYAY and NORTHAM and CITIES OF SWAN and WANNEROO.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, AVELEY, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BEECHINA, BENNETT SPRINGS, BRABHAM, BULLSBROOK, CHIDLOW, CULLACABARDEE, DAYTON, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, GNANGARA, HENLEY BROOK, HERNE HILL, HOVEA, JANDABUP, JANE BROOK, LEXIA, LOWER CHITTERING, MARIGINIUP, MELALEUCA, MIDDLE SWAN, MILLENDON, MOONDYNE, MORANGUP, MOUNT HELENA, MUCHEA, PARKERVILLE, PINJAR, RED HILL, SAWYERS VALLEY, STONEVILLE, STRATTON, WEST SWAN, WHITEMAN, WOOROLOO, WUNDOWIE in the SHIRES OF CHITTERING, MUNDARING, TOODYAY and NORTHAM and CITIES OF SWAN and WANNEROO..

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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a north westerly direction.

It is largely contained, however it still remains uncontained and out of control in the vicinity of Clenton Road, O'Brien Road and Ewing Road. The fire has a perimeter of 122 kilometres.

Please note that in the area that is still uncontained and out of controll, burning embers may be blown around your home. There may be a risk of spot fires starting.

SAFER PLACE:

The Department of Communities has set up the following evacuation centres:

Brown Park Recreation Complex on Amherst Road, near the intersection of Salisbury Road, in Swan View.

Swan Active Midland - 16 Gray Dr, Midvale.

Beechboro Community Hub - 332 Benara Road, Beechboro.

A video of the community meeting, held at 1pm at Brown Park, Swan View will be available on the DFES Facebook page and via a link shortly.

People who have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 should find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.

If this is not possible, proceed to the evacuation centre and identify yourself to centre staff immediately on arrival.

Protocols are in place to minimise COVID-19 risk at the evacuation centre and you must follow the directions of centre staff.

Continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.

Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them. If this is not possible, please still proceed to the evacuation centre with your pets and await further advice.

SAFEST ROUTE:
For people in or around Clenton Road, O'Brien Road and Ewing Road, if you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear by travelling in a direction away from the fire.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
The area east of Toodyay Road is expected to be open to the public from 4pm today. This will be confirmed in the community meeting currently underway.

A number of roads have been closed including:

Railway Parade in both directions between Neaves Road and Maralla Road

Great Northern Highway from West Swan Road and Rutland Road

Toodyay Road in both directions between Bunning Road and Bailup Road

Chittering Road in both directions between Great Northern Highway and Smith Road

Werribee Road in both directions from Doys Road to Linley Valley Road

Government Road in both directions from Linley Valley Road to Jason Street

Bailup Road in both directions from Government and Werribee Roads to Burma Road

Doys Road from Werribee Road to Burma Road

Burma Road in both directions from Doys Road to Bailup Road

Campersic Road in both directions between Haddrill Road and Connemara Drive

Cathedral Avenue in both directions between Cathedral Court and Orlov Trail

Smith Road in both directions between Chittering Road and Wilson Road

Meadowbrook Ramble in both directions between Chittering Road and Timber Ridge

Wilson Road in both directions between Chittering Road and Smith Road

McNamara Road both directions between Werribee Road and Gaden Road

Clenton Road and Berry Road both directions from O'Brien Road and Toodyay Road

Ewing Road from O'Brien Road

Lilydale Road in both directions form Toodyay Road to Breeze Road

Needham in both directions between Liberton Road and Dinsdale Road

Please note that:

O'Brien Road, Reen Road and Reserve Roads are only partially accessible from Toodyay Road. Vehicle Control Points are in place close to the fire incident area to divert traffic.

Tonkin Highway remains reduced to 80 kilometres per hour in both directions between Promenade Road, Ellenbrook and Brand Highway, Muchea due to concerns of smoke over the road.

Please note there are dangerous road conditions within the area. Motorists are asked to avoid the area, be aware of emergency services personnel working onsite, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and other hazards.

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 MUNDARING, CHITTERING and NORTHAM and the CITY OF SWAN.

HEALTH:

There is a lot of smoke in the area.

People are reminded that 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.

WELFARE

If you have been affected by the current Perth Bushfire, welfare support assistance may be available via the Department of Communities. Please contact the Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965. Operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.

It is normal to find it sudden and overwhelming when a bushfire occurs in your area. If you are in the bushfire affected area and are struggling to cope with your mental health or wellbeing, take steps for self-care and keep in touch with family and friends.

You can also call the dedicated Bushfire Recovery Line, provided by Lifeline. Call 13 HELP (13 43 57) to speak to someone.

POWER:

Western Power has advised that around 600 homes and businesses are without power in the fire impacted area. There is significant damage to the electricity network in the bushfire area that requires a significant rebuild, possible up to a number of weeks in some areas. This will be confirmed as damage is assessed. For details visit www.westernpower.com.au.

WATER:

For information about provision of essential water and wastewater services visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/About-us/Media-releases/2021/February-2021/Water-Corporation-update-on-Wooroloo-bushfire.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite to let your family and loved ones know you're OK and where you are located via https://register.redcross.org.au

You can also enquire about a loved one's whereabouts at https://register.redcross.org.au.

ANIMAL WELFARE:

For those in an area where it is not safe to leave:

It is no longer safe to evacuate horses and large animals.

It is not safe to handle animal movements outside.

Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.

For other parts of the warning area where it is safe to leave:

Take animals to stay with a friend or family member, or to a private boarding or agistment arrangement.

If evacuating livestock or horses isn't possible, consider moving animals to a paddock with low fire fuel load, and ensure animals have feed and drinking water for several days of high to extreme temperatures.

Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.

More information on managing animals in emergencies is available at

agric.wa.gov.au

Evacuated residents who are concerned about the welfare of animals on their properties can contact the City of Swan for assistance on 9267 9267 or the Shire of Mundaring on 9290 6666.

Wanneroo Showgrounds is now closed. If you have evacuated and need assistance contact the City of Wanneroo on 9450 5000 or 0427 025 255 (after hours) to make arrangements.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have 12 vets supported by the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring rangers ready to patrol the affected area once it is deemed safe.

Wildcare Helpline: 08 9474 9055 or

www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/wildcare-helpline

RESTRICTED ACCESS PERMITS:

For people who are staying to defend their property, it is too dangerous to be driving in and out of the fire incident.

Wherever possible arrange for family or friends to bring your supplies to the vehicle control point for you to collect.

As a last resort call 13 DFES which is currently operational between 8am to 8pm - and they will make contact with the Incident Management Team on your behalf.

Crews are working hard to make the area safe to be able to provide Restricted Access Permits to residents.

When the area is deemed safe, residents will be able to return under a managed process.

This will be done systematically, progressing from the eastern side to the western side of the fireground.

No Restricted Access Permits are being issued currently.

When Restricted Access Permits become available, information about applying for a permit will be updated in this section.

For more information about restricted access permits visit the Restricted Access Permits section of the DFES website or click here.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.

160 Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service Volunteers, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service and Forest Products Commission firefighters are attending.

Aerial support has resumed to assist ground crews.

More than 300 support personnel from DFES, DBCA, Western Power, WAPOL, Local Government representatives, Main Roads, St John Ambulance, and SES volunteers are also in attendance.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 12:02 PM on 1 February 2021.

Currently there has been 10,822 hectares burnt.

86 properties have been confirmed as lost.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

DFES is managing the fire.

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.

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.



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