Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - in an area bounded by Balmoral Road and Ronan Road to the west, Jarrahdale Road to north, Albany Highway to the east and Serpentine Dam to the south in JARRAHDALE in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE

The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Please note this alert has been upgraded to a WATCH AND ACT due to strong northerly winds

Time of issue: 11:07 AM
Date of issue: 24 May 2020

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for people in the vicinity of Jarrahdale Road in JARRAHDALE in the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in an area bounded by Balmoral Road and Ronan Road to the west, Jarrahdale Road to north, Albany Highway to the east and Serpentine Dam to the south in JARRAHDALE in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to strong northerly winds.

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.

Bushfire ADVICE for 7km east-north-east of JARRAHDALE in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in the vicinity of State Forrest 7km east-north-east of JARRAHDALE in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.

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:

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 southerly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

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.
The following road has been closed:

Jarrahdale Road between Albany Highway and Balmoral Road

The Munda Biddi trail is closed between Albany Highway and Jarrahdale Road. This includes the Wungong huts and the Balmoral POW camp.

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 SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

40 Parks and Wildlife Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 09:04 AM on 24 May 2020.

Currently there has been 50 hectares burnt.

Parks and Wildlife Service 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, 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.

DFES Bushfires