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Bushfire ADVICE for Morangup Nature Reserve in the Shire of Toodyay

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 3:39pm
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people along Toodyay Road, Fernie Road and Morangup Road in the Shire of Toodyay. Content: The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife 
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people along Toodyay Road, Fernie Road and Morangup Road in the Shire of Toodyay.
 
•     There is no threat to lives or homes but there is 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.
•     The fire is burning in the Black Swamp Nature Reserve and on both sides of Toodyay Road.   BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
•          The bushfire is contained and controlled.   WHAT TO DO:
•          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.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed but there are speed restrictions in place on Toodyay Road between Fernie Road and Morangup Road. Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
 
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Department of Parks and Wildlife fire crews are monitoring the area.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
•          The fire was reported at 11.44am on 26 March. It has burnt about 20 hectares.
•          The cause of the fire is suspicious.
•          People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
•          The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire. 
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Facebook or Twitter @WAParksWildlife or listen to news bulletins.
The next update will be provided by 11am tomorrow (Wednesday 1 April) unless the situation changes. 
Publication Time: 31/03/2015 3:37 PM

Cancellation of severe weather warning for parts of the Great Southern and Goldfields

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 3:07pm
Category: Storm Alert Summary: As at 2.22pm on Tuesday 31 March the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning for people in parts of WA south of a line Esperance to Salmon Gums to Norseman to Balladonia to Israelite Bay has been cancelled. Content: As at 2.22pm on Tuesday 31 March the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning for people in parts of WA south of a line Esperance to Salmon Gums to Norseman to Balladonia to Israelite Bay has been cancelled.
A rain band lies over central parts of the state and down across the south coast. Showers and rain are still likely but heavy rain is no longer expected.
Heavy rain has fallen earlier today and susceptible areas may still be experiencing local flooding.
To date, DFES has not received any calls for assistance.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
FURTHER INFORMATION:
• For the latest weather warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings or call 1300 659 213.
• Information about road conditions may be available from Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
No further updates will be issued.
Publication Time: 31/03/2015 3:06 PM Expiration Time: 1/04/2015 8:00 AM

Continue to take action with bad weather in parts of the Great Southern and Goldfields

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 12:49pm
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live in an area south of a line Salmon Gums to Norseman to Balladonia to Israelite Bay you should continue to take action and stay safe with continuing bad weather. Content: If you live in an area south of a line Salmon Gums to Norseman to Balladonia to Israelite Bay you should continue to take action and stay safe with continuing bad weather.   This does not include people in Esperance. 
 
This is unusual weather that could cause damage to homes and make travel dangerous. 
 
WHAT TO DO:
• Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
• If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
• If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
• If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water. 
IF DRIVING:
• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
• Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
• If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears. 
• Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.  
Take care in parts of the Great Southern west of Esperance to Hopetoun
The severe weather warning for people in an area bounded by Esperance to Norseman to Lake King to Hopetoun, including Esperance, has been cancelled, but people in these areas should take care when going outside and assessing damage.  
 
 
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
Emergency services are monitoring the situation.
 
 
STORM/THUNDERSTORM/WEATHER DETAILS:
As at 11.56am on 31 March the Bureau of Meteorology advises a rain band lies over the area and is slowly moving east. heavy rainfall that may cause flash flooding is currently being experienced east of Esperance and should be reaching Israelite Bay by mid afternoon. Heavy rainfall that may cause flash flooding is contracting to the east and is expected to have eased throughout by evening.
Recorded rainfall amounts for the last 24 hours include:
- 57.4mm at Cascades DAFWA observing site
- 52.2mm at Scaddan
- 46.0mm at Esperance Airport
- 43.2mm at Mount Burdett DAWFA observing site
- 42.6mm at Coomalbidgup DAWFA observing site
- 39.4mm at Ned's Corner
- 37mm at Esperance Town
- 35.4mm at Cascades
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.   KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
For the latest weather warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings or call 1300 659 213.   The next update will be provided when the situation changes.Publication Time: 31/03/2015 12:47 PM

Take action now for flooding in the western Pilbara and north western Midwest Gascoyne

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 11:17am
Category: Flood Alert Summary: People in western Pilbara, near the Onslow Coastal and Ashburton River catchments and in the Midwest Gascoyne, near the Lyndon-Minilya River catchment need to take action now as flooding is expected today and into tomorrow. Content:

People in western Pilbara, near the Onslow Coastal and Ashburton River catchments and in the Midwest Gascoyne, near the Lyndon-Minilya River catchment need to take action now as flooding is expected today and into tomorrow.

Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.

Prepare for flooding in the northern Midwest Gascoyne
People in the north western Midwest Gascoyne, near the Gascoyne River catchment, should prepare for flooding later today and tomorrow.   WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to relocate.
• Ensure your relocation kit, including your emergency kit is complete.
• Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.
• Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.
• Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
• Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
• With water moving quickly people need to stay out of the rivers and streams in the warning areas, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
• If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.   IF DRIVING:
• Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
• Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
• If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.   FLOOD DETAILS:
As at 11.04am the Bureau of Meteorology advises;

Ashburton River catchment:
For the 24 hours to 9 am Tuesday, recorded rainfall totals in the Ashburton River catchment range from 5 mm to 70 mm, with 77 mm recorded at Kooline. For the 24 hours to 9 am Wednesday, widespread rainfall of 10 mm to 20 mm with isolated falls up to 50 mm is forecast for the Ashburton River catchment.The Ashburton River at Capricorn Range is currently below the minor flood level(2.5 metres) and rising. The Ashburton River at Nanutarra is currently below the minor flood level (3.4metres) and rising. Significant river rises are likely to continue to occur in response to recorded and forecast rainfall, however the river is expected to remain below the minor flood level (6.0 metres) during Tuesday into Wednesday.
Onslow Coast catchment:
Recorded and forecast rainfall is likely to cause significant river rises and areas of flooding in the Onslow Coast catchment. For the 24 hours to 9 am Tuesday, rainfall totals of 30 mm to 100 mm have been recorded in the Onslow Coast catchment, with 106 mm recorded at Onslow Airport. For the 24 hours to 9 am Wednesday, widespread rainfall of 10 mm to 20 mm with isolated falls up to 50 mm is forecast for the Onslow Coast catchment.
Lyndon Minilya catchment:
Heavy rainfall has been recorded in the Lyndon-Minilya catchment. For the 24 hours to 9 am Tuesday, rainfall totals of 20 mm to 70 mm have been recorded in the catchment. For the 24 hour period to 9 am Wednesday, no significant rainfall is forecast. Recorded rainfall totals are likely to result in significant river rises with areas of flooding in the Lyndon-Minilya catchment during Tuesday into Wednesday.   Gascoyne River catchment:
Minor flooding is expected to continue in the Gascoyne River catchment during Tuesday into Wednesday. For the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday, widespread 40 mm to 80 mm of rainfall has been recorded in the central areas of the Gascoyne River catchment, upstream of Jimba to Mount Clere. For the 24 hours to 9 am Wednesday, widespread rainfall of 10 mm to 20 mm with isolated falls up to 50 mm is forecast for upper areas of the Gascoyne River catchment.The Gascoyne River at Jimba is currently above the minor flood level (4.0 m) and rising. Minor flooding expected to continue during Tuesday into Wednesday. The Gascoyne River at Fishy Pool is currently below minor flood level (4.5 m) and rising. The river is expected to reach minor flood level during Tuesday evening and minor flooding expected to continue into Wednesday. The Gascoyne River at Nine Mile Bridge is currently below minor flood level (5.5 m) and expected to reach minor flood level during Thursday.   Current river levels are available from Department of Water at www.water.wa.gov.au.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
DFES is monitoring the situation.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
• For SES assistance call 132 500.
• In a life threatening situation call 000.
• For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
The next update will be issued when the situation changes.
Publication Time: 31/03/2015 11:15 AM

Take action with bad weather coming in parts of the Goldfieds and Great Southern

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:07am
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live in an area bounded by Hopetoun to Lake King to Norseman to Balladonia to Israelite Bay you should take action and stay safe with bad weather to come. Content: If you live in an area bounded by Hopetoun to Lake King to Norseman to Balladonia to Israelite Bay you should take action and stay safe with bad weather to come.    This includes people in Esperance and surrounding areas. 
 
This is unusual weather that could cause damage to homes and make travel dangerous. 
 
WHAT TO DO:
• Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
• If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
• If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
• If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water. 
IF DRIVING:
• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
• Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
• If it israining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears. 
• Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.  
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
Emergency services are monitoring the situation.
WEATHER DETAILS:
As at 9.10am on 31 March 2105 the Bureau of Meteorology advises a rain band lies over the area and is slowly moving east. Heavy rainfall that may cause flash flooding is currently being experienced near and west of Esperance and should extend east to Israelite Bay by mid afternoon.
35.4mm of rainfall has been recorded at Cascades DAFWA observing site in the 3 hours to 8:50am.
 
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.   KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
For the latest weather warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings or call 1300 659 213.   The next update will be provided whenthe situation changes.Publication Time: 31/03/2015 10:06 AM

Bushfire ADVICE for Morangup Nature Reserve in the Shire of Toodyay

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 9:59am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people along Toodyay Road, Fernie Road and Morangup Road in the Shire of Toodyay. Content: The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife 
  
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people along Toodyay Road, Fernie Road and Morangup Road in the Shire of Toodyay.
 
•     There is no threat to lives or homes but there is 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.
•     The fire is burning in the Black Swamp Nature Reserve and on both sides of Toodyay Road.   BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
•          The bushfire is contained and controlled.   WHAT TO DO:
•          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.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed but there are speed restrictions in place on Toodyay Road between Fernie Road and Morangup Road. Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
 
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Department of Parks and Wildlife fire crews are monitoring the area.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
•          The fire was reported at 11.44am on 26 March. It has burnt about 20 hectares.
•          The cause of the fire is suspicious.
•          People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
•          The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire. 
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Facebook or Twitter @WAParksWildlife or listen to news bulletins. 
 
The next update will be provided by 4pm today (Tuesday 31 March) unless the situation changes. 
 
Publication Time: 31/03/2015 9:58 AM

Cancellation of thunderstorm warning for parts of the Midwest Gascoyne and Pilbara regions

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 8:19am
Category: Storm Alert Summary: As at 2.08am today the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for an area bounded by Exmouth to Onslow to Mt Augustus to Gascoyne Junction to Coral Bay to Exmouth has been cancelled. Content: As at 2.08am today the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for an area bounded by Exmouth to Onslow to Mt Augustus to Gascoyne Junction to Coral Bay to Exmouth has been cancelled.
Weather Situation:
The remnants of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Nathan are moving over the northwest of the state. Although rain thunderstorms are still occurring in the area, rainfall is no longer expected to be heavy enough to cause flash flooding.   Flood Watches and Warnings remain current, please refer to the latest warnings at www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/.
The heaviest rainfall recorded from this event between 9am Monday and 2am Tuesday was 106mm at Onslow Airport.   To date, DFES has not received any calls for assistance.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
FURTHER INFORMATION:
• For the latest weather warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings or call 1300 659 213. • Information about road conditions may be available from Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
 
No further updates will be issued.
Publication Time: 31/03/2015 8:10 AM
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