Source: Emergency WA
Bushfire Emergency Warning - in an area bounded by Nannup-Balingup Road, Southampton Road, Hay Road and Ellis Creek Road in the central part of Southampton in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup
This alert has been upgraded
This is an emergency broadcast from the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. It is essential that the words are not changed.
Time of issue: 05:28 PM
Date of issue: 19 February 2019
Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the central part of SOUTHAMPTON in SHIRE OF DONNYBROOK-BALINGUP
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Nannup-Balingup Road, Southampton Road, Hay Road and Ellis Creek Road in the central part of Southampton in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.
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 as conditions are changing.
The fire started near Radiata Road
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.
If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
The bushfire is moving fast in a westerly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
The following road is closed:
Nannup-Balingup Road between Brockman Bridge and Hay 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF DONNYBROOK-BALINGUP.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
50 Parks and Wildlife Service, local bushfire brigade and FPC 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 02:42 PM on 19 February 2019.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Parks and Wildlife Service 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 or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.