Carabooda bushfire closes Old Yanchep Rd

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A bushfire near Old Yanchep Rd in the Pinjar pine plantation has been deliberately lit, according to DPaW. File picture

 

THERE is a bushfire Watch and Act for people near Old Yanchep Rd and Hopkins Rd in the Pinjar pine plantation in Carabooda.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife said there was a possible threat to lives and homes as the bushfire was approaching the area and conditions were changing.

A spokeswoman said people should avoid Old Yanchep Rd as the bushfire was burning close to the road and was out of control and unpredictable.

The bushfire is moving at moderate speed in an easterly direction.

People if not prepared or planning to leave, should leave now if the way is clear.

  • There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • 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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

The spokeswoman said the cause of the bushfire was suspicious.

The bushfire was reported at 3.30pm on Sunday, April 3 and has burnt 3ha.

  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
  • Old Yanchep Rd  is closed. Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or the City of Wanneroo.
  • Firefighters from Parks and Wildlife and local volunteer bushfire brigades are building containment lines with five trucks, two bulldozers and a front end loader.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.  Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Twitter @WAParksWildlife, listen to ABC local radio, 6PR or news bulletins.