Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Emergency Warning - bounded by Hidaway Drive to the east, Forrest Hills Parade to the south, Teatree Road to the west and Mooliabeenee Road to the north in the western part of BINDOON in the SHIRE OF CHITTERING
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note this alert has been upgraded to an Emergency Warning

Time of issue: 03:49 PM
Date of issue: 04 March 2022

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for western parts of BINDOON in the SHIRE OF CHITTERING

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people bounded by Hidaway Drive to the east, Forrest Hills Parade to the south, Teatree Road to the west and Mooliabeenee Road to the north in the western part of BINDOON in the SHIRE OF CHITTERING.

You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.

The fire started near GRAY RD in BINDOON.

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.

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

If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.

Go to a room in your home 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.

If you are not at home, it's too dangerous to return.

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for LENNARD BROOK, MOONDAH, MOOLIABEENEE and BINDOON in the SHIRE OF CHITTERING and SHIRE OF GINGIN

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people bounded by Grey Road to the south, Wowra Drive to the west, Mooliabeenee Road to the north and Teatree Road to the east in parts of LENNARD BROOK, MOONDAH, MOOLIABEENEE and BINDOON in the SHIRE OF CHITTERING and SHIRE OF GINGIN .

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

The fire started near GRAY RD in BINDOON.

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.

Keep doors and windows closed 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.

COVID-19

If you are in lockdown or any form of isolation or quarantine for COVID-19, you must do whatever you need to protect your life.

If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and have been advised to leave the area:

Find suitable alternative premises and wear a mask. Those in the affected area are permitted to go to suitable alternative premises without putting others at risk.

Alternative suitable premises may include a friend or relative's house, provided they have their own bedroom, preferably own bathroom, and there are not too many people in the house.

If you cannot return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.

Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR

The bushfire is moving in a westerly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

SAFEST ROUTE

If it is safe to do so leave in an easterly direction..

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:

Gray 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 visiting the Main Roads Travel Map, calling 138 138 or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

ANIMAL WELFARE

Owners or carers of livestock, pets and companion animals should activate their own animal welfare plan. During a bushfire take advice from Local Government Authorities to protect the lives of your animals while keeping yourself safe.

For more information on actions to take for each bushfire warning level, please see the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

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 01:45 PM on 4 March 2022.

Shire of Chittering is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE

Visit Emergency WA, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter, Facebook, 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.

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.

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