BREAKING: EMERGENCY WARNING for south-eastern part of Stirling Range National Park in the CITY OF ALBANY

Possible Threat to Lives and Homes


24 May 2018

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for south-east of Stirling Range National Park in the CITY OF ALBANY

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people  within the vicinity of south-east of Stirling Range National Park bounded by Success Ridge Track to east, north of Chillinup Road and west of Gnowellan Road, in the City of Albany 

  • 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 due to strong winds and rate of spread of the fire..

  • The fire started in the park

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 WATCH AND ACT for south-eastern part of Stirling Range National Park in the CITY OF ALBANY

ALERT LEVEL:  

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people west of Gnowellen Road, south of Chillinup Road to South Coast Highway and east of Pfeiffer Rd.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

  • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

  • 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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving erratically in a south easterly direction.

  • It is out of control and unpredictable.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:  

Roads have not been 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR CITY OF ALBANY.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire and building containment lines.

  • 20 Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 01:54 PM on 24 May 2018.

  • The cause of the fire is an escaped prescribed burn.

  • Parks and Wildlife Service is managing the fire.

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