Source: Emergency WA

Time of issue: 10:04 AM
Date of issue: 06 February 2021

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, UPPER SWAN and WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK in the CITY OF SWAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, UPPER SWAN and WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK in the CITY OF SWAN.

The alert level for this fire has been downgraded due to mild temperatures and ongoing efforts by fire crews to mop up and strengthen containment lines. The bushfire is largely contained and controlled, except for a small area of within the containment lines south of the Clenton Road area..

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 AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BAILUP, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP and UPPER SWAN in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING and the CITY OF SWAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BAILUP, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP and UPPER SWAN in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING and the CITY OF SWAN.

The alert level for this fire has been downgraded due to mild temperatures and ongoing efforts by fire crews to mop up and strengthen containment lines..

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.

Bushfire ALL CLEAR for parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BELHUS, BULLSBROOK, CHIDLOW, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, LOWER CHITTERING, MILLENDON, MOONDYNE, MORANGUP, MUCHEA, RED HILL, THE VINES, UPPER SWAN, WOOROLOO, in the SHIRES OF CHITTERING, MUNDARING, TOODYAY and NORTHAM and CITY OF SWAN

ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice is in place for people in parts of AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BELHUS, BULLSBROOK, CHIDLOW, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, LOWER CHITTERING, MILLENDON, MOONDYNE, MORANGUP, MUCHEA, RED HILL, THE VINES, UPPER SWAN, WOOROLOO, in the SHIRES OF CHITTERING, MUNDARING, TOODYAY and NORTHAM and CITY OF SWAN.

The bushfire is no longer impacting the community in this area.

Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day.

The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:

Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

It is is contained, however it still remains uncontrolled in the vicinity of Clenton Road, O'Brien Road, Ewing Road and Walyunga National Park near the lookout. The fire has a perimeter of 122 kilometres.

SAFER PLACE:

The evacuation centres set up by the Department of Communities are:

Swan Active Midland - 16 Gray Dr, Midvale

Brown Park Recreation Centre on Amherst Road, near the intersection of Salisbury Road, Swan View.

Please note this evacuation centre is scheduled to close today (Saturday 6 February).

A community meeting will be held at 1pm on today (Saturday 6 February) at Brown Park Recreation Complex.

People who have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 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:
For people in or around Clenton Road, O'Brien Road and Ewing Road, if you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear by travelling in a direction away from the fire.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads have reopened, including:

Roads into Brigadoon and Meadowbrook Ramble are open.

Chittering Road in both directions between Great Northern Highway and Wilson Road

Great Northern Highway, although speed restrictions are in place

Railway Parade

All local roads east of Toodyay Road are open, including roads in the incident area

Tonkin Highway has had all speed restrictions removed

Emergency services vehicles with flashing lights remain in the area. Reduce speeds to 40kms per hour.

A number of roads remain closed including:

Toodyay Road in both directions between Bunning Road and Bailup Road

Clenton Road and Berry Road in both directions from O'Brien Road and Toodyay Road

Ewing Road from O'Brien Road

Access into Shady Hills estate remains closed. Taylor Road is closed at Clarkson Road stopping access into Shady Hills.

Please note that:

O'Brien Road, Reen Road and Reserve Road are only partially accessible from Toodyay Road. Vehicle Control Points are in place close to the incident area to divert traffic.

Copely Road is partially accessible from Great Northern Highway. Vehicle Control Points are in place close to the incident area to divert traffic.

Cathedral Avenue is partially accessible past Camargue in the Brigadoon area.

Please note that road conditions within the area have been affected by the bushfire. Motorists are asked to avoid the area unless necessary, be aware of emergency services personnel working onsite, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and other hazards.

Road information is also 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.

HEALTH:

There may be smoke in the area.

People are reminded that 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.

WELFARE

If you have been affected by the current Perth Bushfire, welfare support assistance may be available via the Department of Communities. Please contact the Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965. Operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.

It is normal to find it sudden and overwhelming when a bushfire occurs in your area. If you are in the bushfire affected area and are struggling to cope with your mental health or wellbeing, take steps for self-care and keep in touch with family and friends.

You can also call the dedicated Bushfire Recovery Line, provided by Lifeline. Call 13 HELP (13 43 57) to speak to someone.

POWER:

Western Power has advised that around 480 homes and businesses are without power in the fire impacted area. There is significant damage to the electricity network in the bushfire area that requires a significant rebuild, possible up to a number of weeks in some areas. This will be confirmed as damage is assessed. For details visit www.westernpower.com.au.

WATER:

Please note that drinking water is available to local residents at Noble Falls.

For more information about provision of essential water and wastewater services visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/About-us/Media-releases/2021/February-2021/Water-Corporation-update-on-Wooroloo-bushfire.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite to let your family and loved ones know you're OK and where you are located via https://register.redcross.org.au

You can also enquire about a loved one's whereabouts at https://register.redcross.org.au.

ANIMAL WELFARE:

Take animals to stay with a friend or family member, or to a private boarding or agistment arrangement.

If evacuating livestock or horses isn't possible, consider moving animals to a paddock with low fire fuel load, and ensure animals have feed and drinking water for several days of high to extreme temperatures.

Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.

More information on managing animals in emergencies is available at

agric.wa.gov.au

Evacuated residents who are concerned about the welfare of animals on their properties can contact the City of Swan on 9267 9267 or the Shire of Mundaring on 9290 6666 for assistance.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has worked with the City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring to set up animal feed distribution locations at:

Stock Road, Bullsbrook

Percy Cullen Pavilion and Oval, 1990 Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup

Corner of Old Northam Road and Coolhallie Road, Chidlow

DPIRD have 12 vets supported by the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring rangers patrolling the affected area.

Wildcare Helpline: 08 9474 9055 or

www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/wildcare-helpline

RESTRICTED ACCESS PERMITS:

For people who are staying to defend their property, it is too dangerous to be driving in and out of the fire incident.

Wherever possible arrange for family or friends to bring your supplies to the vehicle control point for you to collect.

Crews are working hard to make the area safe to be able to provide Restricted Access Permits to residents.

When the area is deemed safe, residents will be able to return under a managed process.

No Restricted Access Permits are being issued currently.

When Restricted Access Permits become available, information about applying for a permit will be updated in this section.

For more information about restricted access permits visit the Restricted Access Permits section of the DFES website or

click here.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively mopping up and strengthening containment lines particularly to protect the Clenton Road area.

160 Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service Volunteers, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service and Forest Products Commission firefighters are attending.

More than 300 support personnel from DFES, DBCA, Western Power, WAPOL, Local Government representatives, Main Roads, St John Ambulance, and SES volunteers are also in attendance.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 12:02 PM on 1 February 2021.

Currently there has been 10,822 hectares burnt.

86 properties have been confirmed as lost.

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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