Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Gnowellen Road, Chillinup Road, Kuch Road, Pallinup River and Sandalwood Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note changes throughout the alert. The bushfire remains at Watch and Act level as the fire continues to burn within containment lines. Wind conditions in the area will remain gusty throughout the day and the community is asked to remain vigilant as fire conditions could escalate quickly.

Time of issue: 10:54 AM
Date of issue: 30 December 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas, in parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and SHIRE OF CRANBROOK

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in Stirling Range National Park and within an area bounded by Gnowellen Road, Chillinup Road, Kuch Road, Pallinup River and Sandalwood Road in southern parts of the SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP, northern parts of CITY OF ALBANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, north eastern parts of SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET and eastern parts of SHIRE OF CRANBROOK.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is still burning within current containment lines.

The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.

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 ADVICE for south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the south and north of the Stirling Range National Park, east and south east of Amelup in the SHIRES OF PLANTAGENET, BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP, JERRAMUNGUP, CRANBROOK, GNOWANGERUP and CITY OF ALBANY.

There is no threat to lives or homes.

There is a lot of smoke in the area.

Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The fire started in Stirling Range National Park.

WHAT TO DO:

Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.

Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

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

Read through your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

Be extremely careful when driving through the area.

Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.

Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.

If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP

ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people east of Boxwood-Hill Ongerup Road and to the east and north of Nightwell Road in parts of SHIRES OF GNOWANGERUP and JERRAMUNGUP.

Firefighters will monitor the area.

The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:

Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a easterly direction.

Winds are currently from the south west up to 20 kilometres per hour.

SAFER PLACE:

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

For information on evacuation centres please contact Disaster Relief 24 hour hotline on 1800 032 965.

Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

SAFEST ROUTE:
Please refer to road closures below to plan your safest route.

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:

Formby Road

Bluff Knoll Road

Mount Trio Road

Toolbrunup Road (within the Stirling Range National Park)

Chester Pass Road north of Woogenellup Road north and south of North Stirling Road

North Stirling Road west of Chester Pass Road and Stirling Access Road and east of Yetermerup Road

Balicup Road is closed at Salt River Road

North Stirling Road closed between Toolbrunup Road and Chester Pass Road

Salt River Road closed between Balicup Road and Sandalwood Road

Chesterpass Road closed between Woogenellup and North Stirling Road

Mungerup Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road

Sandalwood Road closed at the Borden-Bremer Bay Road

Greaves Hill Road along the Borden-Bremer Bay Road

Gnowellen Road closed at Chillinup Road to Sandalwood Road

Kutch Road closed at Chillinup Road to Gnowellen 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 GNOWANGERUP.

PHONE:

At this stage, phone and internet services have not been impacted.

SITE CLOSURES:

A number of sites are closed:

Stirling Range Retreat

Stirling Range National Park

Bluff Knoll Recreation Site

Moingup Springs Campground

Mt Trio bush camp and caravan park

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and strengthening containment lines.

200 Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Pastoralists firefighters are attending.

Approximately 100 support personnel including volunteers are also in attendance.

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 08:12 PM on 26 December 2019.

Currently there has been 16,645 hectares burnt.

The cause of the fire is lightning.

DFES is managing the fire.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you're OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre.

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at 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.

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