Source: Emergency WA
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
This alert has been upgraded to an Emergency Warning. Homes on Riverside Drive and Furnissdale Road are under threat by fire now
Time of issue: 03:16 PM
Date of issue: 06 April 2020
Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for southern part of FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people along Riverside Drive and Furnissdale Road in the southern part of FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY.
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 fire conditions have esculated.
Homes on Riverside Drive and Furnissdale Road are under threat by fire now.
The fire started near the intersection of GOODOOGA RD and JANNALI RD in FURNISSDALE.
WHAT TO DO:
It's too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.
You need to shelter in your home in a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.
Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.
Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for southern part of FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people between Furnissdale Road and Ronlyn Road in FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY.
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.
The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting up to 50 metres ahead of the fire.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be closed.
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 MURRAY.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
40 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services firefighters are attending.
Aerial support has been sent to protect crews and 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.
The fire was reported at 01:01 PM on 6 April 2020.
Shire of Murray 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 news bulletins.
During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.
Source: Emergency WA