Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - on or near Brand Highway between Timaru Road and Bore Road in the northern parts of MUCHEA in SHIRE OF CHITTERING
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

This is a new alert

Time of issue: 12:55 PM
Date of issue: 26 March 2020

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for northern parts of MUCHEA in SHIRE OF CHITTERING

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people on or near Brand Highway between Timaru Road and Bore Road in the northern parts of MUCHEA in SHIRE OF CHITTERING.

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 Brand Highway in MUCHEA.

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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

It is out of control and unpredictable.

The fire is moving fast in various directions.

SAFEST ROUTE:
If you live in the affected area, leave by travelling north or south along Brand Highway which remains open for those choosing to leave.

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:

Brand Highway between Timaru Road and Bore 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 calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Chittering.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.

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 12:00 PM on 26 March 2020.

The Shire of Chittering 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.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.



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