Source: Emergency WA

Time of issue: 02:08 AM
Date of issue: 14 March 2020

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for south eastern parts of OAKFORD in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in an area bounded by Kargotich Road, Abernethy Road, Hopkinson Road and Orton Road in the south eastern parts of OAKFORD in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.

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

Homes on Bullock Drive and Gibson Top are under threat by fire now.

The fire started near the intersection of Orton Road and Hopkinson Road in OAKFORD.

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 south western parts of BYFORD in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in an area bounded by Carinata Crescent, Kokoda Boulevard, Abernethy Road and Hopkinson Road in the south western parts of BYFORD in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.

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

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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

It is out of control and unpredictable.

SAFEST ROUTE:
If you are west of Hopkinson Road leave by travelling in a westerly direction along Orton Road, if you are east of Hopkinson Road leave the area in an easterly direction.

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:

Hopkinson Road

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 SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

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 01:02 AM on 14 March 2020.

Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale 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.

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