Source: Emergency WA

Time of issue: 03:23 PM
Date of issue: 18 December 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for the KOORABYE COMMUNITY in the SHIRE OF DERBY-WEST KIMBERLEY

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the KOORABYE COMMUNITY in the eastern part of ST GEORGE RANGES in SHIRE OF DERBY-WEST KIMBERLEY.

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.

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:

The bushfire is moving fast in a easterly direction at 2 kilometres per hour.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have not been closed.

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 SHIRE OF DERBY-WEST KIMBERLEY.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 01:58 PM on 18 December 2019.

DFES 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 two hours unless the situation changes.

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