Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Emergency Warning - WOODRIDGE, SEATREES and BREAKWATER ESTATES and in the localities of CARABAN and WILBINGA and surrounding areas in the CITY OF WANNEROO and SHIRE OF GINGIN
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Access to Emergency Warning areas is prohibited. People are advised not to use local roads to access the fire ground. The area is dangerous and poses a risk to people's safety. There is no change to the previous alert.

Time of issue: 02:00 PM
Date of issue: 16 December 2019

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for WOODRIDGE, SEATREES and BREAKWATER ESTATES and surrounding areas in the CITY OF WANNEROO and SHIRE OF GINGIN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people WOODRIDGE, SEATREES and BREAKWATER ESTATES and in the localities of CARABAN and WILBINGA and surrounding areas in the CITY OF WANNEROO and SHIRE OF GINGIN.

You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.

People in Woodridge and the localities of Caraban and Wilbinga should leave in an easterly direction towards Indian Ocean Drive and use Gingin Brook Road to travel towards Gingin. There is an evacuation centre available at Granville Civic Centre, Weld Street, Gingin.

People in Seatrees and Breakwater Estates should leave in a westerly direction towards Two Rocks, and then leave south along Two Rocks Road and Marmion Avenue.

WHAT TO DO:

If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.

Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.

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

If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.

Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.

Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.

If you are not at home, it's too dangerous to return.

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for GUILDERTON, GABBADAH, EGLINTON, SOVEREIGN HILL, REDFIELD PARK, YANCHEP, TWO ROCKS and NEERGABBY in the SHIRE OF GINGIN and the CITY OF WANNEROO

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in GUILDERTON, EGLINTON, SOVEREIGN HILL, REDFIELD PARK, YANCHEP, TWO ROCKS and the localities of GABBADAH and NEERGABBY and surrounding areas in the SHIRE OF GINGIN and the CITY OF WANNEROO.

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

People Eglinton, Yanchep and Two Rocks and in the localities of Gabbadah and Neergabby should leave in a southerly direction along Two Rocks Road and Marmion Avenue.

WHAT TO DO:

If people in Guilderton, Sovereign Hill and Redfield Park and in the locailities of Gabbadah and Neergabby plan to leave, travel in a northerly direction on Indian Ocean Drive

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, 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.

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

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

It is contained but not controlled.

The fire remains stationary, however the threat remains due to activity within the fireground.

Forecast weather conditions mean there is still a high risk of flare ups as winds strengthen throughout the afternoon.

Smouldering pockets remain south of Woodridge Estate.

SAFER PLACE:

Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.

The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres at:

Gumblossom Community Centre, 17 Tapping Way, Quinns Rocks

Granville Civic Centre, Weld Street, Gingin

Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol is prohibited.

While the evacuation centre does not accept pets, except guide and assistance dogs, you can bring small pets as they are being accommodated outside, where possible.

PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, swimming pool, dam or building.

This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.

Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.

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

Breakwater Drive between Mayflower Parade and Indian Ocean Drive

Yanchep Beach Road between Parkland Road and Indian Ocean Drive

Indian Ocean Drive between Gingin Brook Road and Pipidinny Road

Old Yanchep Road between Indian Ocean Drive and Cutler Road

Brand Highway is closed between Honeycomb Road and Muchea South Road.

PARK CLOSURES:

Yanchep National Park.

Wilbinga Conservation Park and adjacent State forest.

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 their local council.

POWER:

A number of residents remain affected by power outages.

For further information or outage information, please refer to Western Power website www.westernpower.com.au

WATER:

Property owners are reminded not to rely on scheme water in the event of a bushfire - more information is available at https://www.watercorporation.com.au/water-supply/bushfires-and-water-supply

For water supply enquiries please contact Water Corporation on 13 13 75.

PHONE:

Residents may experience disruptions to mobile services.

Affected customers should contact their service provider for more information.

SCHOOLS:

The following schools will reopen on Tuesday 17 December:

Two Rocks Primary School

Yanchep Lagoon Primary School

Yanchep Beach Primary School

Yanchep Secondary College

COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

Community meetings will be held today (Monday 16 December) at:

2.30pm at the Granville Civic Centre, Weld Street, Gingin.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, consolidating and strengthening containment lines, checking roads and mopping up.

Approximately 300 Bush Fire Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Forrest Products Commission firefighters are attending.

Forest Products Commission personnel and State Emergency Service Volunteers are also in attendance.

SAFETY MESSAGES:

Residents are reminded to stay out of burnt areas as affected grounds are still smouldering and falling tree branches pose a safety risk.

Please stay way from walk and bridal trails and strategic firebreaks.

Access to these areas will not be permitted until hazards have been assessed and managed.

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 02:16 PM on 11 December 2019.

Currently there has been 12,854 hectares burnt.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

DFES is managing the fire.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you're OK via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, or at an evacuation centre.

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires, you can enquire in person at an evacuation centre, visit the Red Cross website https://redcross.org.au.

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 hour unless the situation changes.

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