Source: Emergency WA
Bushfire Emergency Warning - in the area south of Hutton Road, east of Great Southern Hwy and Marracoonda Road, north of Throssell Road and west of House Road, and Lorraine Road.
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Time of issue: 02:36 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020
Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for western parts of KATANNING in SHIRE OF KATANNING
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in the area south of Hutton Road, east of Great Southern Hwy and Marracoonda Road, north of Throssell Road and west of House Road, and Lorraine Road. .
You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to changing conditions.
Farming properties north west of Katanning are under threat by fire now.
The fire started near the intersection of GREAT SOUTHERN HWY and SIRL RD in KATANNING.
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.
The bushfire is moving fast in a variable direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
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:
Great Southern Highway is closed between Trimmer Road and Newstead Road.
Trimmer Road is closed between Shenton Road and Great Southern Highway.
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 KATANNING.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
100 Bush Fire Service and farmer response firefighters are attending.
Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
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.
The fire was reported at 11:24 AM on 7 February 2020.
Shire of Katanning 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 hour unless the situation changes.
Source: Emergency WA