Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for 2km south of Pagett Nature Reserve in the locality of SCOTT RIVER EAST in SHIRE OF NANNUP

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Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for 2km south of Pagett Nature Reserve in the locality of SCOTT RIVER EAST in SHIRE OF NANNUP

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for 2km south of Pagett Nature Reserve in the locality of SCOTT RIVER EAST in SHIRE OF NANNUP

ALERT LEVEL: 

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people within the vicinity of 2km south of Pagett Nature Reserve, bounded by Dennis Rd, Governor Broome Road east towards Milyeannup Coast Road, in the locality of Scott River East in the Shire of Nannup.

  • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire has been contained on the eastern side where it has run into an irrigated grassed area.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is still burning on the western side of the area and the conditions are changing.
  • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
  • The fire started in the nature reserve.
  • The fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction

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:

  • It is contained on the eastern side but not controlled on the western side.


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:

Governor Broome Road between Dennis and Avery roads.

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 SHIRE OF NANNUP.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene.
  • 20 plus Parks and Wildlife Service, Bush Fire Service, local government and private industry firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
  • Firefighters have saved a home that was under threat. they are now working to contain the western flank of the fire.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The cause of the fire is escape from a prescribed burn.
  • Parks and Wildlife Service is now 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 two hours unless the situation changes.


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