Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for western part of REDMOND and MARBELUP in the CITY OF ALBANY

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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for western part of REDMOND and MARBELUP in the CITY OF ALBANY

ALERT LEVEL: 

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people  in an area bounded by Redmond Hay River Road, Down Road South, South Coast Highway and Redmond West Road in REDMOND and MARBELUP in the CITY OF ALBANY 

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • Homes are under threat now.
  • The fire started near the intersection of REDMOND-HAY RIVER RD and PIKES RD in REDMOND.

WHAT TO DO: 

  • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • It is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.
  • You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
  • Go to a room 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.
  • You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.
  • Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.
  • If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for southern part of REDMOND, MARBELUP and ELLEKER in the CITY OF ALBANY

ALERT LEVEL: 

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people bounded by Howell Road South, Lower Denmark Road, Rutherford Road and South Coast Highway in REDMOND, MARBELUP and ELLEKER in the CITY OF ALBANY.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
  • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
  • The fire started near the intersection of REDMOND-HAY RIVER RD and PIKES RD in REDMOND.

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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving fast in a southerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.
  • This means Homes are under imminent threat now. The fire is travelling toward Hunwick Road, it may be too late 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:

  • The intersection at North Marbulup Road and South Coast Highway has been closed to traffic travelling northbound on North Merbulup Road.
  • South Coast Highway between Link Road and Rutherford Road.
  • Lower Denmark Road between George Street and Rutherford Road.

There may be other roads closed or impassable due to fallen powerlines or trees.

Please drive with extreme caution.

More information will be issued when known.

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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR by contacting the CITY OF ALBANY.

EVACUTATION CENTRE: 

  • Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has set up a temporary evacuation centre at:
    • Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre (ALAC) at 52-70 Barker Rd, Centennial Park WA 6330.
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

PLACE OF LAST RESORT:

  • If you cannot shelter in your home, a safer place you can go to is a local open space, beach, shed, swimming pool, dam or building.
  • This may give you some protection from the effects of a bushfire.
  • Take water, woollen blankets and wear protective clothing.

RED CROSS:

People impacted by the Albany Fires or looking for loved ones can register at https://register.redcross.org.au


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • 40 Bush Fire Service, volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, career firefighters are attending.
  • City of Albany are also in attendance.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 08:40 PM on 24 May 2018.
  • City of Albany 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 or listen to news bulletins.  

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.

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