Source: Emergency WA
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
This is a new alert
Time of issue: 03:32 PM
Date of issue: 08 September 2021
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for WHIM CREEK in the CITY OF KARRATHA
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in WHIM CREEK and travelling via the North West Coastal Highway in WHIM CREEK in the CITY OF KARRATHA.
It is burning towards the Great northen highway near the whim creek hotel.
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.
If you are in an area subject to COVID-19 restrictions, put your bushfire plan into action now and continue to follow precautions to minimise spread of the virus.
If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and plan to leave:
Leave now, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.
If you are unable to 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.
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.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Parts of the North West Coastal Highway may be 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 calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the CITY OF KARRATHA.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are on the scene.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Source: Emergency WA