Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - in the Coconut Wells Community in the southern part of WATERBANK in SHIRE OF BROOME
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

There is no change to the previous alert

Time of issue: 01:08 PM
Date of issue: 02 December 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for southern part of WATERBANK in SHIRE OF BROOME

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the Coconut Wells Community in the southern part of WATERBANK in SHIRE OF BROOME.

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

The fire started near the intersection of CRAB CREEK RD and BROOME RD in ROEBUCK in SHIRE OF BROOME.

WHAT TO DO:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you plan to stay and actively defend, don?t 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.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

Bushfire ADVICE for 4 MILE and western parts of ROEBUCK in SHIRE OF BROOME

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Broome Road, Wattle Drive, Morrell Park Road and the Crab Creek Road Broome Road intersection east of Cape Leveque Road in western parts ROEBUCK in SHIRE OF BROOME.

There is no threat to lives or homes.

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.

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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving in a north westerly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

SAFEST ROUTE:
If you live in Coconut Wells, roads east of the community are impacted by fire. You need to evacuate west towards the coast. If you live in 4 Mile, it is safe to leave in a southerly direction towards Broome.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
The following roads have been closed:

Cape Leveque Road

McGuigan Road

Lawrence Road

Waterbank Road

Please note Broome Road from Cape Leveque Road to Great Northern Highway has been reopened.

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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF BROOME.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

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

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 11:15 AM on 1 December 2019.

Currently there has been 7500 hectares burnt.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

DFES 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