Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

Threat To Lives and Homes


Triple M Newsroom

1 March 2019

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UPDATE: 4:30pm

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

  • 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 due to increased fire activity.
  • The fire started near the intersection of MERIVALE RD and EXCHANGE RD in HOWICK

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.


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near Alexander Road, Henkes Road, Howick Road, Muntz Road, Orleans Road, Shao Lu Road, north of Fisheries Road, and west of Balladonia Road and surrounding areas parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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.
  • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant

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 BEHAVIOUR:

 

The fire that started in HOWICK is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


SAFER PLACE:

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Shire of Esperance has set up a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
  • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • If you need accommodation for your pets including cats, dogs or large animals, please contact the Shire of Esperance Ranger on (08) 90831533. Larger animals including horses can be housed at the Greater Sports Ground, but please contact the ranger prior to arrival.

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.


SAFEST ROUTE:
The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


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:

  • Merivale Road
  • Fisheries Road 
  • Balladonia 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 by contacting the Shire of Esperance.

PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

  • Alexander Bay 
  • Kennedy's Beach 
  • Cape Arid National Park

Other closures in the Shire of Esperance include:

  • Cape Le Grand National Park 
  • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
  • Frank Hann National Park
  • Peak Charles National Park
  • Dundas Nature Reserve

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
  • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police 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 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

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://register.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/

 

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UPDATE: 3:30pm

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

  • 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 due to increased fire activity.
  • The fire started near the intersection of MERIVALE RD and EXCHANGE RD in HOWICK

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.


Bushfire ADVICE for parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people parts of BEAUMONT, CAPE ARID, HOWICK, BOYATUP, BURAMINYA AND CAPE ARID NATIONAL PARK in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE.

  • 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.
  • There are fires burning throughout the advice warning area, and people are urged to remain vigilant

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 BEHAVIOUR:

 

The fire that started in HOWICK is burning in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable. 

All other fires throughout the advice warning are stationary. 


SAFER PLACE:

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Shire of Esperance has set up a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
  • There are additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
  • 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.


SAFEST ROUTE:
The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


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:

  • Merivale Road
  • Fisheries Road 
  • Balladonia 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 ESPERANCE.

PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

  • Alexander Bay 
  • Kennedy's Beach 
  • Cape Arid National Park
  • Cape Le Grand National Park 

Other closures in the Shire of Esperance include:

  • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
  • Frank Hann National Park
  • Peak Charles National Park
  • Dundas Nature Reserve

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
  • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce and WA Police 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 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

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://register.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/

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UPDATE 2.30pm:

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in SHIRE OF ESPERANCE

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Fisheries Road to the north, Cape Arid National Park to the east, the coast to the south, and Exchange Road to the west and surrounding areas in parts of HOWICK, BOYATUP and CAPE ARID in the SHIRE of ESPERANCE.

  • 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 due to increased fire activity.
  • The fire started near the intersection of MERIVALE RD and EXCHANGE RD in HOWICK

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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


SAFER PLACE:

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Shire of Esperance has setup a temporary evacuation and information centre at the Esperance Civic Centre, Council Place, Esperance.
  • There is additional camping areas available at the soccer fields at the Greater Sports Ground, with access off Brazier Street. 
  • 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.


SAFEST ROUTE:
The safest route is to leave via Fisheries Road in a westerly direction towards Esperance.


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:

  • Merivale Road
  • Fisheries 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 ESPERANCE.

PARK AND RECREATION AREA CLOSURES:

All nature based campsites east of Esperance have been closed. These include: 

  • Alexander Bay 
  • Kennedy's Beach 
  • Cape Arid National Park
  • Cape Le Grand National Park 
  • Hellfire Bay Day Camp
  • Frank Hann National Park
  • Peak Charles National Park
  • Dundas Nature Reserve

For more information on park closures please visit https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/ 


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Local farmer units are also assisting at this fire.
  • The Shire of Esperance, State Emergency Service volunteers, St John Ambulance and WA Police 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 06:46 AM on 1 March 2019.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • DFES is managing the fire.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via from any computer or mobile device. 

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://register.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/

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