Welfare centre set up for Gnangara residents

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A welfare centre has been set up at Wanneroo Recreation Centre for Gnangara residents within the warning area who cannot return home. File picture

A bushfire emergency warning issued for people in an area bounded by Lake Gnangara, Steel Rd, Joyce Rd, Sydney Rd, Stoney Rd, Badgerup Rd and Gnangara Rd in the southern part of Gnangara has been downgraded to a watch and act.

The update was issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) at 1.35pm, November 9.

  • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as it is now controlled.
  • 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.

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 in a south south easterly direction.
  • It is controlled but not contained.
  • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
  • Firefighters are expecting the wind to change to north westerly.

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:

  • Sydney Road
  • Stoney Road
  • Gnangara Road
  • Joyce Road
  • Pine Crest Way
  • Colonial Circle
  • Lakelands 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR CITY OF WANNEROO.

WELFARE CENTRE:

A welfare centre has been set up at Wanneroo Recreation Centre for residents within the warning area who cannot return home.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:40 AM on 9 November 2019.
  • DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.