Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Emergency Warning - in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and bounded by Redgate Road to the north, Bussell Highway to the east, Chapman Road and Hamelin Bay Road West to the south and the coastline in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note changes throughout alert. Bussell Highway remains closed due to heavy smoke in the area. A community meeting will be held at the Margaret River HEART at 6pm tonight. People are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the area. Local Governments in this area have declared a Total Fire Ban today.

Time of issue: 01:28 PM
Date of issue: 10 December 2021

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and bounded by Redgate Road to the north, Bussell Highway to the east, Chapman Road and Hamelin Bay Road West to the south and the coastline in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER.

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

We are expecting increased fire behaviour today as the temperature increases, this will produce more smoke in the area.

The fire started near the intersection of CAVES RD and CALGARDUP RD in BORANUP.

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 parts of Redgate, Witchcliffe, Forest Grove, Karridale, Kudardup, Deepdene and Hamelin Bay in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people bounded by Blackboy Hollow Cave Road and Rainbow Cave Road to the north, McLean Road, Hinton Road and Glenarty Road to the east, Kudardup Road, Bussell Highway, Caves Road and Cosy Corner Road to the south and the coastline in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER. .

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.

Bushfire ALL CLEAR for areas within Augusta and Leeuwin in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER

An ALL CLEAR advice is in place for people in the vicinity of Augusta, Leeuwin and surrounding areas in the SHIRE OF AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER.

The bushfire is no longer impacting the community in this area.

Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day.

The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO

Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

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

It is not contained or controlled.

The fire is moving in an easterly direction.

SAFER PLACE

The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at Margaret River Recreation Centre (51 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River)

Anyone requiring immediate assistance can contact the Communities Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965

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.

Protocols are in place to minimise COVID-19 risk at the evacuation centre and you must follow the directions of centre staff.

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.

SAFEST ROUTE

Residents in northern parts of the emergency warning are able to leave via Bussell Highway in a northerly direction towards Margaret River Recreation Centre. Residents in southern parts of the Emergency Warning area are urged to leave south via Karridale on Brockman Highway and Sues Road to Busselton.

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:

Caves Road between Redgate Road and Bussell Highway

Bussell Highway between Redgate Road and Brockman Highway

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.

POWER

Western Power has advised 20 properties in Boranup are without power.

For further details visit www.westernpower.com.au.

SCHOOLS

The Department of Education has advised Karridale Primary School and Margaret River Independent School have been closed. For more information contact your school directly or visit the Department of Education.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE

Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you're OK via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, or an evacuation centre.

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires, you can enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au or at an evacuation centre.

ANIMAL WELFARE

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

For more information see the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.

PARK CLOSURES

The following sites are closed:

Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park;

Conto campground;

Conto coastal day use site;

Point Road campsite;

Boranup campsite;

Calgardup Cave;

Giants Cave;

Boranup Drive;

Redgate Beach;

Jarrahdene Campground;

Redgate north carpark and;

Cape to Cape Track.

Visit the Park Alerts System for closures https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au/

COMMUNITY MEETING

A community meeting will be held at the Margaret River HEART (47 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River) at 6pm tonight.

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River have organised a live youtube link for those unable to attend the meeting in person. Click the following link or copy and paste into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw_7ACoO2iw.

TOTAL FIRE BAN TODAY

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and City of Busselton on Friday 10 December.

For more information visit the Total Fire Ban page on the Emergency WA website.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING

Firefighters are on the scene and strengthening containment lines.

158 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

101 Incident Management Team personnel are supporting the incident

Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, Main Roads, WA Police, St John Ambulance, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, as well as Marine Rescue and State Emergency Service volunteers are also in attendance.

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 09:49 AM on 8 December 2021.

Currently there has been 6,050 hectares burnt.

DFES 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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