Lancelin residents can leave in a southerly direction

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A DFES alert says Indian Ocean Dr and Brand Hwy are now open again. Picture: Anita McInnes

OCEAN Farms estate residents must leave now via Indian Ocean Drive in a northerly or southerly direction – your life will be in danger if you stay.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) says roads have been closed including Indian Ocean Dr from K.W Rd to Wedge Island Rd, K.W Rd (east of Indian Ocean Dr), Nilgen Rd (east of Indian Ocean Dr) and Minegarra Rd from Meadows Rd to Sappers Rd.

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 Dr.
Time of issue: 07:17 PM
Date of issue: 04 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 RD W 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 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 RD W 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 fast in a westerly direction at 3 kilometres per hour.
  • It is out of control and 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.

OAD 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.

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.