Lightning starts fires in Shire of Gingin

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The bushfire, which is controlled but not contained, is moving in a north north westerly direction. File picture

A BUSHFIRE emergency warning in the Shire of Gingin has been downgraded to a watch and act due to improved weather conditions in the area.

At 6.26am on January 18 the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said there was a bushfire watch and act for parts of Cowalla, Moore River national park, Wanerie, Beermullah, Orange Springs and Red Gully in the Shire of Gingin.

The bushfire, which is controlled but not contained, is moving in a north north westerly direction.

The alert said there were multiple fires burning in the area caused by lightning strikes.

Alert level:

A bushfire watch and act is in place for people bounded by Nabaroo Rd, Millbank Rd, Duringen Rd, Brand Hwy and Orange Springs Rd in parts of Cowalla, Moore River national park, Wanerie, Beermullah, Orange Springs and Red Gully in the Shire of Gingin.

  • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as fire conditions have eased due to recent rain in the area.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

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, Breton Bay, Guilderton, Regans Ford, Red Gully, Cowalla, Granville, Coonabidgee, Moore River national park, Nilgen, Neergabby, Mimegarra, Boonanarring, Wedge Island, Gabbadah, Karakin, Wanerie, Caraban, Seabird, Beermullah, Yathroo, Orange Springs, Muckenburra, Cooljarloo, Ledge Point and Woodridge, including Ocean Farms estate and Seaview Park in the shires of Gingin and Dandaragan.

Alert level:

A bushfire advice is in place for people in an area bounded by Meadows Rd, Brand Hwy, Gingin Brook Rd and the coast in parts of parts of Lancelin, Breton Bay, Guilderton, Regans Ford, Red Gully, Cowalla, Granville, Coonabidgee, Moore River national park, Nilgen, Neergabby, Mimegarra, Boonanarring, Wedge Island, Gabbadah, Karakin, Wanerie, Caraban, Seabird, Beermullah, Yathroo, Orange Springs, Muckenburra, Cooljarloo, Ledge Point and Woodridge in the shires of Gingin and Dandaragan.

  • 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 multiple fires burning in the area caused by lightning strikes.

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 north north westerly direction.
  • It is controlled but not contained.

There are multiple fires burning in the area caused by lightning strikes.

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:

  • Orange Springs Rd between Cowalla Rd and Brand Hwy

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 the Shire of Gingin.

What firefighters are doing:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, patrolling the area and mopping up.

Extra information:

  • The fire was reported at 1.35am on January 18.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • Shire of Gingin 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 so include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.