Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Emergency Warning - in the area bounded by one kilometre west of South West Highway to Boyup Brook-Cranbrook Road and the Mayanup Hall to the east, Greenbushes-Boyup Brook Road to the north, and for Tweed Road and Winnejup Road in the south in parts of HESTER, HESTER BROOK and BRIDGETOWN in the SHIRE OF BRIDGETOWN-GREENBUSHES

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

The Hester Townsite is now under threat. Please note new Watch and Act and Bushfire Advice areas and changes to the road closures section.

Time of issue: 10:02 PM
Date of issue: 05 February 2022

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of HESTER, HESTER BROOK and BRIDGETOWN in the SHIRE OF BRIDGETOWN-GREENBUSHES

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in the area bounded by one kilometre west of South West Highway to Boyup Brook-Cranbrook Road and the Mayanup Hall to the east, Greenbushes-Boyup Brook Road to the north, and for Tweed Road and Winnejup Road in the south in parts of HESTER, HESTER BROOK and BRIDGETOWN in the SHIRE OF BRIDGETOWN-GREENBUSHES.

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

The fire started near the intersection of HESTER CASCADES RD and SOUTH WESTERN HWY in HESTER BROOK.

WHAT TO DO

For people in the Hester townsite it is too late to leave

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.

For the remainder of the Emergency Warning area:

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.

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