Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - on or near Casserley Way, and surrounding streets in the southern part of LANCELIN in the SHIRE OF GINGIN

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note changes under Alert Level and throughout

Time of issue: 03:54 PM
Date of issue: 15 October 2019

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for southern part of LANCELIN in the SHIRE OF GINGIN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people on or near Casserley Way, and surrounding streets in the southern part of LANCELIN in the SHIRE OF GINGIN.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as fire activity has increased.

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.

The fire started near the intersection of CASSERLEY WAY and FISHER WAY in LANCELIN.

The fire is burning on the western side of Walker Ave, however there is potential that it could jump to the eastern side.

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 ADVICE for parts of LANCELIN in the SHIRE OF GINGIN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the Lancelin township in LANCELIN in the SHIRE OF GINGIN.

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.

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 north north easterly direction.

It is uncontrolled and uncontained.

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:

Walker Ave

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 by contacting the Shire of Gingin.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

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

Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.

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 01:26 PM on 15 October 2019.

People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Shire of Gingin 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.



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