Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - on or near Tuart Rise and Blue Gum Road in Redfield Park and the town of Seabird in western parts of GABBADAH in SHIRE OF GINGIN
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note this alert has been upgraded to Watch and Act

Time of issue: 02:22 PM
Date of issue: 05 February 2021

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for western parts of GABBADAH in SHIRE OF GINGIN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people on or near Tuart Rise and Blue Gum Road in Redfield Park and the town of Seabird in western parts of GABBADAH in SHIRE OF GINGIN.

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 SANDALWOOD RD in GABBADAH.

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

If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine 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 BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving fast in a north westerly direction.

It is not contained or controlled.

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:

Indian Ocean Drive

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 SHIRE OF GINGIN.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

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 12:37 PM on 5 February 2021.

Shire of Gingin 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 two hours unless the situation changes.

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