Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Emergency Warning - North of Biddycamm Road, West of Holt Rock south road, South of Barley-Pingaring Road and East of Newdegate North Road in MOUNT SHERIDAN in the SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

This is a new alert

Time of issue: 06:34 PM
Date of issue: 11 February 2022

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of MOUNT SHERIDAN in the SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people North of Biddycamm Road, West of Holt Rock south road, South of Barley-Pingaring Road and East of Newdegate North Road in MOUNT SHERIDAN in the SHIRE OF LAKE GRACE.

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 OAKLEY RD and TONKIN RD in MOUNT SHERIDAN.

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.

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 fast in a southerly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

SAFER PLACE

The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at Newdegate Sports Pavillion on Waddle Road.

People who have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 should find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask. If this is not possible, proceed to the evacuation centre and identify yourself to centre staff immediately on arrival.

Continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.

Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them. If this is not possible, please still proceed to the evacuation centre with your pets and await further advice.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS

Roads have not been 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 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.

100 firefighters are attending.

EXTRA INFORMATION

The fire was reported at 05:23 PM on 11 February 2022.

The cause of the fire is lightning.

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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