Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - for people in the area bounded by Nettelton Road to the North, Barge Drive to the East, Kiln Road to the South and Soldiers Road to the West in the southern part of BYFORD in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note that this alert has been upgraded to a Watch and Act. Changes have been included throughout.

Time of issue: 04:17 AM
Date of issue: 21 February 2020

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for southern parts of BYFORD in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people for people in the area bounded by Nettelton Road to the North, Barge Drive to the East, Kiln Road to the South and Soldiers Road to the West in the southern part of BYFORD in SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to an increase in fire activity.

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

The fire started near the intersection of MICHAEL ST and DOUGALL ST in BYFORD.

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:

The bushfire is moving in a south westerly 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:

South Western Highway between Nettleton Road and Kiln 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 and actively fighting the fire.

40 Career Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 01:41 AM on 21 February 2020.

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 two hours unless the situation changes.

DFES Bushfires