WA Bushfire Emergency Warning: Gracetown In Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

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Source: Emergency WA

Time of issue: 01:40 PM
Date of issue: 28 April 2019

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for GRACETOWN in SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by Waddingham Road to the south, Caves Road to the east, Cullen Road to the north and the Indian Ocean to the west in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER.

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 homes are under threat by fire.

Homes near Juniper Road are under threat by fire now.

The fire started near the intersection of Caves Road and Cullen Road in Gracetown.

WHAT TO DO:

If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.

Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.

If your plan is to stay and actively defend, 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 cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.

If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.

Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

It is out of control and unpredictable.

Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

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 Juniper Road.

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 SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, strengthening containment lines, actively fighting the fire and protecting homes.

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 11:55 AM on 28 April 2019.

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River 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 or listen to news bulletins.

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.

DFES Bushfires


 

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