Source: Emergency WA
Bushfire Watch and Act - in or near LAKE KING, LAKE CAMM, VARLEY, LAKE TAY MINE SITES, western parts of FRANK HANN NATIONAL PARK, KONDININ, eastern parts of NARAMBEEN including communities of HOLT ROCK, VARLEY, HOLT ROCK, WOOLOCUTTY, FORRESTANIA, HOLLETON, SKELETON ROCK, PARKER RANGE, SOUTH YILGARN, WEST HOLLETON, HYDEN and MOUNT HOLLAND in parts of the SHIRES OF KULIN, KONDININ, LAKE GRACE, NAREMBEEN, YILGARN AND RAVENSTHORPE
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Please note this was previously two separate alerts which have been combined. There are changes throughout.
Time of issue: 12:38 PM
Date of issue: 10 February 2020
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of the SHIRES OF KULIN, KONDININ, LAKE GRACE, NAREMBEEN, YILGARN AND RAVENSTHORPE
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in or near LAKE KING, LAKE CAMM, VARLEY, LAKE TAY MINE SITES, western parts of FRANK HANN NATIONAL PARK, KONDININ, eastern parts of NARAMBEEN including communities of HOLT ROCK, VARLEY, HOLT ROCK, WOOLOCUTTY, FORRESTANIA, HOLLETON, SKELETON ROCK, PARKER RANGE, SOUTH YILGARN, WEST HOLLETON, HYDEN and MOUNT HOLLAND in parts of the SHIRES OF KULIN, KONDININ, LAKE GRACE, NAREMBEEN, YILGARN AND RAVENSTHORPE.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing. Wind gusts may be experienced in the area..
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 ADVICE for parts of Mount Holland Mine Site, West Holleton, South Yilgarn and Forrestania in the SHIRES OF YILGARN and NAREMBEEN. Bushfire ADVICE for eastern parts of RAVENSTHORPE and northern parts of JERDACUTTUP in SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE.
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in or near the eastern parts of Narambeen, including communities of MOUNT WALKER, CRAMPHORNE, WOOLOCUTTY, MARVEL LOCH, HOLLETON, SOUTH BODALLIN, SKELETON ROCK, DULYALBIN, PARKER RANGE, SOUTH YILGARN, MOUNT HAMPTON, WEST HOLLETON, MOUNT HOLLAND in the SHIRES OF YILGARN and NAREMBEEN. A bushfire ADVICE has also been issued for people in the area bounded by South Coast Highway, Jerdacuttup Road and Hopetoun-Ravensthorpe Road in the SHIRE OF RAVENSTHORPE. .
Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
WHAT TO DO:
Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
The bushfire is moving in a north westerly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
If you live in the affected area, leave in a westerly direction towards Hyden. People evacuating the area can go to the Hyden Community Resource Centre (40 Naughton Street, Hyden).
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:
Hyden-Norseman Road (also known as East Hyden Bin Road)
Marvel Loch-Forrestania Road
Holland Track and all other tracks in the vicinity
Emu Fence 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 your local Shire.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and patrolling the area.
Approximately 120 Emergency service volunteers and farmer response firefighters are attending.
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) personnel are also in attendance.
The fire was reported at 12:37 PM on 6 February 2020.
Currently there has been 85,000 hectares burnt.
The cause of the fire is lightning.
DFES 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.
Source: Emergency WA