Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - in an area bounded by Lancelin Road, Old Ledge Point Road, and approximately a kilometre west of Indian Ocean Drive 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 this alert has been upgraded to a Watch and Act

Time of issue: 11:45 AM
Date of issue: 16 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 in an area bounded by Lancelin Road, Old Ledge Point Road, and approximately a kilometre west of Indian Ocean Drive in the southern part of LANCELIN in the SHIRE OF GINGIN.

You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

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

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 or near the LANCELIN townsite 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 in a north direction.

It is uncontrolled and uncontained.

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:

The intersection of Lancelin Road and Old Ledge Point 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 by contacting the Shire of Gingin.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are actively fighting the fire.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 01:26 PM on 15 October 2019.

The cause of the fire is suspicious.

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

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.

DFES Bushfires