Source: Emergency WA
Bushfire Emergency Warning - in the area east of Chester Pass Road in Stirling Range National Park and an area west of Chester Pass Road, north of Formby Road and South of Salt River Road in Stirling Range National Park in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP
The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
This bushfire has been upgraded to an Emergency Warning. Please note changes throughout
Time of issue: 03:34 PM
Date of issue: 27 December 2019
Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the area east of Chester Pass Road in Stirling Range National Park and an area west of Chester Pass Road, north of Formby Road and South of Salt River Road in Stirling Range National Park in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in the area east of Chester Pass Road in Stirling Range National Park and an area west of Chester Pass Road, north of Formby Road and South of Salt River Road in Stirling Range National Park in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.
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 the wind and fire activity has increased.
Stirling Range Retreat is under threat now.
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 Stirling Range National Park and surrounds in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Stirling Range National Park and surrounding areas including properties south of Salt River Road, east of Solomons Road, south of Sandalwood road, west of Gnowellen Road in SHIRE OF GNOWANGERUP.
The alert level for this fire has been upgraded due to a wind change and unpredictable fire behaviour.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
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.
The bushfire is moving fast in a north-north-westerly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
Head in a northerly direction.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
The following roads are closed:
Bluff Knoll Road
Mt Trio Road
The access road to Toll Peak
Chester Pass 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.
The eastern part of Stirling Range National Park is closed from Chester Pass Road
Bluff Knoll Recreation Site is closed
Moingup Springs Campground is closed
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire, strengthening containment lines.
40 Parks and Wildlife Service and dfes and bushfire brigade firefighters are attending.
Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
Currently there has been 500 hectares burnt.
The cause of the fire is lightning.
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, 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.