A bushfire emergency was declared as more than 180 firefighters worked through the night to battle an out of control and unpredictable blaze in Baldivis on Thursday.
The fire came dangerously close to homes, destroyed several sheds and burnt through more than 1,300 hectares of land.
It’s understood the fire was caused by sparks that came from a wheel falling off a boat trailer at the intersection of Karnup and Young Roads about midday.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued several warnings for people in the vicinity area as emergency services worked to contain the blaze.
So far, no homes or people have been injured or lost but several road closures remain in place and power has been cut from multiple properties.
The warnings below are as of Friday, 5:09pm, for the latest updates visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of HOPELAND, OLDBURY, MARDELLA, SERPENTINE, BALDIVIS and WELLARD in the CITY OF KWINANA, CITY OF ROCKINGHAM and SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Mortimer Road and Gossage Road to the north, Kwinana Freeway to the west, Karnup Road to the south, and Kargotich Road to the east, but not including the Freeway, in parts of HOPELAND, OLDBURY, MARDELLA, SERPENTINE, BALDIVIS and WELLARD in the CITY OF KWINANA, CITY OF ROCKINGHAM and SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE.
- There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
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.
- At all times close all doors and windows 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.
Bushfire ADVICE for parts of CASUARINA, OAKFORD and OLDBURY in the CITY OF KWINANA, CITY OF ROCKINGHAM and the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in an area bounded by Kwinana Freeway to the west, Thomas Road to the north, Kargotich Road to the east and Mortimer Road to the south, but not including the Freeway, and an area bounded by Kwinana Freeway to the east, Karnup Road to the south, Baldivis Road and Johnson Road to the west and Mortimer Road to the north, but not including the Freeway, in parts of the CITY OF COCKBURN, CITY OF ARMADALE, CITY OF KWINANA, CITY OF ROCKINGHAM and the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE..
- There is no threat to lives or homes.
- There is a lot of smoke in the area.
- Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
WHAT TO DO:
- Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
- Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
- Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
- Read through your bushfire survival plan.
- If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
- Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
- Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
- Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
- If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
- If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
Bushfire ALL CLEAR for parts of the CITY OF COCKBURN, CITY OF ARMADALE, CITY OF KWINANA, and the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE
An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in an area east of the Kwinana Freeway, but not including the Freeway, bounded by Thomas Road to the south, Tonkin Highway to the east and Armadale Road to the north in parts of the CITY OF COCKBURN, CITY OF ARMADALE, CITY OF KWINANA, and the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE..
- Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day.
- The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
WHAT TO DO:
- Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.
- The bushfire is stationary.
- It is contained but not controlled.
This alert remains at Watch and Act level due to unfavourable wind conditions which may cause the fire to breach containment lines.
- Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
- The Department of Communities has set up a temporary evacuation centre at Mike Barnett Sports Complex located at Dixon Road and Goddard Street, Rockingham.
- Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.The following roads have now been closed, due to firefighting crews working along the road and to ensure their safety:
- Mundijong Road is closed from King Road to the Kwinana Freeway
- Duckpond Road from Mundijong Road to Banksia Road
A number of roads remain closed including:
- Folly Road and St Albans Road from Kwinana Freeway to Mundijong Road
- Serpentine Road at Karnup Road
- Young Road at Karnup Road
- Doghill Road
- Horsfall Road
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 ROCKINGHAM.
Western Power has advised parts of Baldivis are without power.
For further details visit www.westernpower.com.au.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advises that, where possible and safe, all animal owners in the areas impacted by bushfire are to evacuate their livestock, horses and companion animals, or move them to pre-determined safer areas.
For more information visit DPIRD website https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/animalwelfare/animal-welfare-emergencies
RESTRICTED ACCESS PERMITS:
Residents and business owners impacted by the fire can apply for a restricted access permit to enter designated areas for a specific time and purpose.
Restricted Access Permits are required for entry to all roads west of Lloyd Road, including Lloyd Road, Doghill Road, Powell Road and Young Road.
A restricted access permit issuing unit has been established at Baldivis Fire Station, which is located at Eighty Road (at the corner of Tranby Drive) in Baldivis. Permits need to be obtained by 9pm. Please bring along valid identity documents including a driver’s licence or passport, and proof of the affected address.
- Due to the ever changing conditions, the issuing of restricted access permits may temporarily stop and your patience is appreciated.
- For more information about restricted access permits visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/regulationandcompliance/restrictedaccesspermits
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.
Register with Register.Find.Reunite to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre.
If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite system at www.redcross.org.au
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, 6PR, or news bulletins.
During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.