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Firefighters battle bushfire in the states south

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Pinjarra firefighters will be among more than 180 Parks and Wildlife Service, local bushfire brigade and FPC firefighters battling a bushfire in the shire of Southampton.

About 11:15pm, Pinjarra firefighters departed the station to help extinguish the bushfire in Southampton.

About 2:42pm on Friday, multiple firefighters responded to a bushfire in Southampton.

The fire has burnt more than 2200 hectares, it unknown what caused the blaze.

Multiple emergency warnings and advise has been put in place.

A Bushfire Emergency Warning for the central part of Southhampton in the Shires of Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup.

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people in an area bounded by the intersection of Cundinup-Kirup Road and Ferndale Road to the north, Southampton Road to the east, Barker Road to the south and Cundinup-Dudinyillup Road to the west in the central part of Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.
  • There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The fire started near Radiata Road
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.
  • 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.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
  • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


A Bushfire Watch and Act for the northern part of Southampton in the shire Donnybrook-Balingup.ALERT LEVEL: 

A bushfire Watch and Act has been issued for people in an area bounded by Vasse Highway to the west, Cundinup-Kirup Road, White Road, Claymore Road, Upper Capel Road to the north, South Western Highway and Southampton Road to the east and Stallard Road to the south in the northern part of Southampton in the Shires Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup.

  • 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 Radiata Road in Southhampton
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 slowly in a west-northwesterly direction.
  • It is out of control and uncontained.
  • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

SAFER PLACE: 
  • An evacuation centre has been set up at the Nannup Recreation Centre. 
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.

SAFEST ROUTE: 


If you live on the west side of Nannup Balingup Road, leave in a westerly direction.

If you live on the east side of Southampton Road, leave in an easterly direction.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.


The following roads are closed:

  • Nannup-Balingup Road between Brockman Bridge and Hay Road
  • Southampton Road at Glenarden intersection

The Bibbulmun Track is closed between Spring Valley Road and the Southampton Bridge including the Blackwood Campsite.

Wrights Bridge Recreation site is 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 from the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup

COMMUNITY MEETING: 

A community meeting will be held at the Nannup Recreation and Community Centre at 12pm today (Wednesday).


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • 180 Parks and Wildlife Service, local bushfire brigade and FPC firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support is assisting ground crews.


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.


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 on the Emergency WA website unless the situation changes.