Source: Emergency WA
Time of issue: 04:44 PM
Date of issue: 15 February 2020
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HOPETOUN and Ravensthorpe in SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in an area bounded by Buegge Road through to Jones Road in the south, to Jerrdacuttup River in the east to Horner Road in the north to John Forest Road to the west, including the estate of Blue Vista..
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
The fire started near the intersection of LAURINA RD and HOPETOUN-RAVENSTHORPE RD in HOPETOUN.
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 in a southerly direction at 200 metres per hour.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be 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 travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are on the scene.
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 03:05 PM on 15 February 2020.
The cause of the fire is accidental.
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.