Source: Emergency WA
Bushfire Watch and Act - in the Gingin townsite near Gingin Brook in the Shire of Gingin
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Please note this alert has been downgraded to a Watch and Act.
Time of issue: 05:57 PM
Date of issue: 28 April 2021
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for GINGIN townsite in SHIRE OF GINGIN
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in the Gingin townsite near Gingin Brook in the Shire of Gingin.
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 JONES ST and ROE ST in GINGIN.
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 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.
The bushfire is stationary.
It is not contained or controlled.
If you are located north of Gingin Brook travel in a northerly direction along Weld Street. If you are located south of Gingin Brook travel in a southerly along Cockram Road..
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:
Brockman Street to Weld Street
Haron Street to Weld Street
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.
100 Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
The fire was reported at 03:17 PM on 28 April 2021.
Currently there has been 26 hectares hectares burnt.
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.
Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.
Source: Emergency WA