Source: WA Department of Fire & Emergency Services

This is an emergency broadcast from the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. It is essential that the words are not changed.

Time of issue: 10:31 PM
Date of issue: 24 May 2018

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the area immediately east of Nut Road in the Nornalup-Walpole National Park in the SHIRE OF DENMARK

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in the area immediately east of Nut Road in the Nornalup-Walpole National Park including Nutkin Lodge

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 result of changing wind direction preceeding the passage the cold front.

Homes in Nut Road are under threat by fire now.

The fire started near the intersection of NUT RD and South Coast Highway in Walpole.

WHAT TO DO:

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.

It is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.

You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.

Go to a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.

Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.

You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.

Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.

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.

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 fast.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

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:

Ficifolia Road and Conspicuous Beach Roads are closed.

Nut Road is 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF DENMARK.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

20 Parks and Wildlife Service and Volunteer Bridgades firefighters are attending.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

Parks and Wildlife Service 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.

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