Emergency warning for Red Gully bushfire still in place

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DFES says if the way is clear Ocean Farms estate residents must leave now for a safer place. File picture

OCEAN Farms estate residents are being advised to leave now via Indian Ocean Dr in a northerly or southerly direction with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) saying their lives will be in danger if they stay.

The bushfire emergency warning is for parts of Regans Ford, Red Gully, Cowalla, Moore River National Park, Nilgen, Mimegarra, Karakin, Yathroo, Orange Springs, Lancelin and Ledge Point, including Ocean Farms and Seaview Park, in the shires of Gingin and Dandaragan.

Time of issue: 08:59 AM
Date of issue: 05 January 2021

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of REGANS FORD, RED GULLY, COWALLA, MOORE RIVER NATIONAL PARK, NILGEN, MIMEGARRA, KARAKIN, YATHROO, ORANGE SPRINGS, LANCELIN and LEDGE POINT, including OCEAN FARMS and SEAVIEW PARK, in the SHIRES OF GINGIN and DANDARAGAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in an area bounded by Brand Highway, Nammegarra Road, Mimegarra Road, Dingo Road, Nilgen Road, Indian Ocean Drive, K.W. Road, Sappers Road, Orange Springs Road and Nabaroo Road in parts of REGANS FORD, RED GULLY, COWALLA, MOORE RIVER NATIONAL PARK, NILGEN, MIMEGARRA, KARAKIN, YATHROO, ORANGE SPRINGS, LANCELIN and LEDGE POINT, including OCEAN FARMS and SEAVIEW PARK, in the SHIRES OF GINGIN and DANDARAGAN.

  • 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 the bushfire is moving quickly.
  • The fire started near the intersection of MOGUMBER ROAD WEST and BRAND HIGHWAY in RED GULLY.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If the way is clear, residents of Ocean Farms Estate must leave now for a safer place.
  • Your life will be in danger if you stay.
  • 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.

If you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19:

  • You should leave and find alternative accommodation with family or friends who live away from the area.
  • If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.
  • Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of WEDGE ISLAND, MIMEGARRA, NILGEN and COOLJARLOO in the SHIRES OF GINGIN and DANDARAGAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in an area bounded by Sappers Road to the south and Indian Ocean Drive to the east and north in parts of WEDGE ISLAND, MIMEGARRA, NILGEN and COOLJARLOO in the SHIRES OF GINGIN and DANDARAGAN.

  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the bushfire has jumped containment lines.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the conditions are changing.
  • The fire started near the intersection of MOGUMBER ROAD WEST and BRAND HIGHWAY in RED GULLY.

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.

If you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 and plan to leave:

  • Leave now and find alternative accommodation with family or friends who live away from the area.
  • If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.
  • Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Bushfire ADVICE for parts of LANCELIN, NILGEN, KARAKIN and LEDGE POINT in the SHIRE OF GINGIN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in an area bounded by Mimegarra Road, Dingo Road, Nilgen Road, Sappers Road, K.W. Road and Indian Ocean Drive in parts of LANCELIN, NILGEN, KARAKIN and LEDGE POINT in the SHIRE OF GINGIN.

  • 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.
  • The fire started near the intersection of MOGUMBER ROAD WEST and BRAND HIGHWAY in RED GULLY.

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 bushfire is moving in a westerly direction.
  • It is not contained or controlled and remains unpredictable.
  • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting up to 200 metres ahead of the fire.
  • There is a lot of ash and dust blowing over the fireground, reducing visibility along Brand Highway.

SAFER PLACE:

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at Guilderton Country Club, Wedge Street, Guilderton.
  • People who are self-isolating or quarantining should find alternative accommodation with family or friends who live away from the area if possible.
  • If this is not possible, proceed to the evacuation centre and identify yourself to centre staff immediately on arrival.
  • Continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.
  • Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them. If this is not possible, please still proceed to the evacuation centre with your pets and await further advice.

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:

  • Indian Ocean Drive from K.W Road to Wedge Island Road
  • K.W Road (East of Indian Ocean Drive)
  • Nilgen Road (East of Indian Ocean Drive)
  • Minegarra Road from Meadows Road to Sappers Road

There is no access to Lancelin for those wishing to travel but those that are leaving Lancelin can leave in a Southerly direction via Indian Ocean Drive.

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 your local government authority.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:
Register with Register.Find.Reunite to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://register.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre.

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.

ANIMAL WELFARE:

If you are within the Emergency Warning area:

  • It is no longer safe to evacuate horses and large animals.
  • It is not safe to handle animal movements outside.
  • Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.

If you are within the Watch and Act area:

  • Take animals to stay with a friend or family member, or to a private boarding or agistment arrangement.
  • If evacuating livestock or horses isn’t possible, consider moving animals to a paddock with low fire fuel load, and ensure animals have feed and drinking water for several days of high to extreme temperatures.
  • Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.

More information on managing animals in emergencies is available at agric.wa.gov.au

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.
  • 70 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service 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.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 09:33 AM on 2 January 2021.
  • Currently there has been 2,000 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is accidental.
  • DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: 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.