Source: Emergency WA


Bushfire Emergency Warning - in parts of THE VINES, BAILUP, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, MILLENDON, WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK, UPPER SWAN, AVELEY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, WUNDOWIE, RED HILL, BELHUS, BASKERVILLE, HERNE HILL, BULLSBROOK, WOOROLOO, BRIGADOON in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING, CHITTERING and NORTHAM and the CITY OF SWAN

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

Changes have been made to What Firefighters Are Doing. Please refer to the alert mapping for defined warning boundary areas. For people within the marked Incident Area (the black shaded area within the map), it is too late to leave and leaving now would be deadly. The bushfire is out of control and unpredictable, weather conditions are rapidly changing and people should remain vigilant. If you require more information about this alert, please call 13DFES (13 33 37)

Time of issue: 05:50 AM
Date of issue: 02 February 2021

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of THE VINES, BAILUP, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, MILLENDON, WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK, UPPER SWAN, AVELEY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, WUNDOWIE, RED HILL, BELHUS, BASKERVILLE, HERNE HILL, BULLSBROOK, WOOROLOO, BRIGADOON in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING, CHITTERING and NORTHAM and the CITY OF SWAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in parts of THE VINES, BAILUP, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, MILLENDON, WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK, UPPER SWAN, AVELEY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, WUNDOWIE, RED HILL, BELHUS, BASKERVILLE, HERNE HILL, BULLSBROOK, WOOROLOO, BRIGADOON in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING, CHITTERING and NORTHAM and 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:

For people within the marked Incident Area (the black shaded area within the map), it's too late to leave and 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.

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 west/south westerly direction.

If you are in an area subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, put your bushfire plan into action now and continue to follow precautions to minimise the spread of the virus.

If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or 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 DAYTON, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, WEST SWAN, MILLENDON, HENLEY BROOK, UPPER SWAN, BRABHAM, HOVEA, AVELEY, STONEVILLE, WUNDOWIE, MIDDLE SWAN, PARKERVILLE, RED HILL, MOUNT HELENA, JANE BROOK, BELHUS, BASKERVILLE, HERNE HILL, CHIDLOW and WOOROLOO in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING and CHITTERING and the CITY OF SWAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in parts of DAYTON, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, WEST SWAN, MILLENDON, HENLEY BROOK, UPPER SWAN, BRABHAM, HOVEA, AVELEY, STONEVILLE, WUNDOWIE, MIDDLE SWAN, PARKERVILLE, RED HILL, MOUNT HELENA, JANE BROOK, BELHUS, BASKERVILLE, HERNE HILL, CHIDLOW and WOOROLOO in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING 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.

The fire started near WERRIBEE RD in WOOROLOO.

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 BEECHINA, HOVEA, STONEVILLE, PARKERVILLE, MOUNT HELENA, GREENMOUNT, JANE BROOK, SWAN VIEW, CHIDLOW, MUNDARING, WOOROLOO, SAWYERS VALLEY in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING and the CITY OF SWAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in parts of BEECHINA, HOVEA, STONEVILLE, PARKERVILLE, MOUNT HELENA, GREENMOUNT, JANE BROOK, SWAN VIEW, CHIDLOW, MUNDARING, WOOROLOO, SAWYERS VALLEY in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING and the CITY OF SWAN.

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 WERRIBEE RD in WOOROLOO.

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 westerly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

Firefighters are expecting the wind to change to east north easterly at 8am.

This means that the fire will move in a south westerly direction and everyone within the Emergency Warning and Watch and Act areas must remain vigilant and keep up to date with alerts..

SAFER PLACE:

The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at Brown Park Recreation Complex on Amherst Road, near the intersection of Salisbury Road, in Swan View.

People who have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19, and anyone in a region subject to lockdown restrictions, 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:
People in the Emergency Warning area should leave in a West/South Westerly direction.

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 Northern Highway closed from Chittering Road to West Swan Road

Toodyay Road in both directions between Bunning Road to Bailup Road

Weribee Road from Cheddaring Road to Linley Valley Road

Government Road from Linley Valley Road to Jason Street

Bailup Road from Burma Road

Please note there are dangerous road conditions within the area. Motorists are asked to avoid the area, 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.

POWER:

Western Power have advised of the following power outages:

Upper Swan

Bullsbrook

The Vines

Belhus

Brigadoon

Baskerville

Walyunga National Park

Melaleuca

Gidgegannup

Chidlow

Bailup

Wooroloo

Avon Valley National Park

Wooroloo

Bailup

Wundowie

For further details visit

www.westernpower.com.au/faults-outages/power-outages

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:
Register with Register.Find.Reunite to let your family and loved ones know you're OK and where you will be relocating to via https://register.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre.

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite system at https://register.redcross.org.au.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

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

Aerial support will assist ground crews at first light.

Western Power, WAPOL, Local Government representatives, Main Roads, St John Ambulance and SES volunteers are also in attendance

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 12:02 PM on 1 February 2021.

Currently there has been 6667 hectares burnt.

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.

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