With winds expected to shift throughout the afternoon, firefighters are battling with a blaze in the Shire of Harvey.
Due to conditions changing, a bushfire WATCH AND ACT has now been issued for those in the residential area of Roelands and Brunswick.
People in this area are being told to either leave or get ready to actively defend their properties.
The fire was first reported after 11am at the intersection of Waterloo Road and Government Road.
Full details below.
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the residential parts of Roelands and Brunswick in the SHIRE OF HARVEY.
- There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and wind conditions are changing.
- You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
- The fire started near the intersection of WATERLOO RD and GOVERNMENT RD in ROELANDS.
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.
- Firefighters are expecting the wind to shift from south westerly to south south easterly at 6pm.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have not been 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF HARVEY.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene and actively fighting the fire.
- 50 career, Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are attending.
- Aerial support has been sent to protect crews and homes.
- The fire was reported at 11:05 AM on 16 January 2017.
- The cause of the fire is unknown.
- the Shire of Harvey is managing the fire.