Source: Emergency WA


Bushfire Watch and Act - in the vicinity of Karnup 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)

This is a new alert. Please note the Kwinana Freeway soutbound has been closed between Safety Bay Road and Karnup Road

Time of issue: 04:18 PM
Date of issue: 11 January 2021

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for eastern parts of BALDIVIS in the CITY OF ROCKINGHAM

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in the vicinity of Karnup Road and Kwinana Freeway southbound in eastern parts of BALDIVIS in the CITY OF ROCKINGHAM.

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 the intersection of KARNUP RD and KWINANA FWY in BALDIVIS.

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 and find alternative accommodation with family or friends who live away from the area.

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 BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly 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:

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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