Source: Emergency WA
Time of issue: 05:37 PM
Date of issue: 08 February 2020
Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the western parts of MOOJEBING, south eastern parts of MARRACOONDA and parts of KATANNING and MURDONG in the SHIRE OF KATANNING
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people for people in an area bounded by House Road, Moore Road, Holly Road East, Clinic Road, Great Southern Highway, Cornwall Street, Austral Terrace, Hassell Street, Baker Road and back to Great Southern Highway in parts of KATANNING, south eastern parts of MARRACOONDA and parts of MURDONG AND for people in Moojebing Estate, including Hassell Road, Wake Road, Burt Road and Shenton Road in western parts of MOOJEBING in the SHIRE OF KATANNING.
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 because the fire has escaped containment lines.
Homes in the Emergency Warning areas are under threat now.
The fire started near the intersection of Great Southern Highway and Throssell Road in the Shire of Woodanilling.
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 northern parts of MARRACOONDA, southern parts of WOODANILLING and parts of MOOJEBING in the SHIRES OF KATANNING and WOODANILLING
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Great Southern Highway, Hensman Road and Trimmer Road in the northern parts of MARRACOONDA, southern parts of WOODANILLING and parts of MOOJEBING in the SHIRES OF KATANNING and WOODANILLING.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the conditions are changing.
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 parts of KATANNING, CARROLUP, WESTWOOD, MARRACOONDA and BROOMEHILL in the SHIRES OF KATANNING, WOODANILLING AND BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Kojonup-Katanning Road, South Marracoonda Road, Onslow Road, Hensman Road, Great Southern Highway, House Road and Hutton Road in parts of KATANNING, CARROLUP, WESTWOOD and MARRACOONDA in the SHIRES OF KATANNING and WOODANILLING AND for people in an area bounded by Moore Road, Broomehill-Kojonup Road and Great Southern Highway, but not including the Broomehill Village in the SHIRE OF BROOMEHILL-TAMBELLUP.
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.
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.
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.
The bushfire is moving fast in a south easterly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
Please be mindful that there is potential for thunderstorms to pass over the area this afternoon which may increase fire activity
Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
The Shire of Katanning has set up a temporary evacuation centre at the Kobeelya Conference Centre on Brownie Street in Katanning.
Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
PLACE OF LAST RESORT:
If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.
If you are in the Emergency Warning area to the west and south of the Katanning townsite, leave the area by travelling east to the Katanning townsite or travel to Nyabing. If you are in Moojebing Estate, leave the area by travelling north..
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:
Great Southern Highway from Broomehill Townsite to Robinson Road
Trimmer Road between Shenton Road and Great Southern Highway
Kojonup-Katanning Road between Great Southern Highway and Albany Highway
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 Katanning.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
150 farmer response Bush Firefighters, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, State Emergency Service, Department of Biodiversity and Conservation and Attractions 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 11:24 AM on 7 February 2020.
Currently there has been approximately 2500 hectares burnt.
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 hour unless the situation changes.