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Continue to take action with more bad weather coming between Paraburdoo and Warburton

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:17pm
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live within an area bounded by Wiluna to Warburton to Telfer to Paraburdoo to Wiluna you should continue to take action and stay safe with more bad weather to come. Content:  If you live within an area bounded by Wiluna to Warburton to Telfer to Paraburdoo to Wiluna you should continue to take action and stay safe with more bad weather to come.     This includes people in or near Newman and the surrounding area.   
 
This is typical weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.    The severe weather warning for for people in the area southwest of a line Paraburdoo to Wiluna to Warburton has been cancelled,   including Meekatharra has been cancelled, but people in these areas should take care when going outside and assessing damage. 
 
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.  

WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe once the bad weather has passed: 
• Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways. 
• Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris. 
• Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live. 
• Assess your car, home and property for damage.
• If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
• If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500. 
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
A number of roads have been closed due to flooding, including: 
• Nanutarra-Munjina Road from Solomon Mine Site to Tom Price
• Marble Bar Road from Newman to Roy Hill (light vehichles only)
• Midlands Road from Brand Highway to Mingenew.
• Wubin-Mullewa Road from Mullewa to Morawa
• Goldfields Highway from Wiluna to Meekatharra
• Great Northern Highway from Meekatharra to Newman (light vehichles only)
 
Extreme Caution must be exercised at floodways on the following roads;
• Geraldton-Mount Magnet Road from Mount Magnet to Yalgoo
• Great Northern Highway from Mt Magnet to Wubin
• Great Northern Highway both directions from Kumarina to Meekatharra

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au  
 
 
 
THUNDERSTORM DETAILS:
As at 9.51 pm on Monday 2 March the Bureau of Meteorology advises that there is a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall for people in parts of WA within an area bounded by Wiluna to Warburton to Telfer to Paraburdoo to Wiluna. This includes people in or near Newman. The warning for people in the area southwest of a line Paraburdoo to Wiluna to Warburton has been cancelled, this includes Meekatharra.
People are advised that there is a risk of severe thunderstorms for the remainder of Monday evening. At 8.45 pm satellite imagery showed thunderstorm activity in the warning area.
While the threat of severe thunderstorms may have passed for the southern and western Gascoyne, local flooding could still be a hazard. Heavy thunderstorms are forecast for northern parts of the Gascoyne and adjacent Pilbara and Interior again tomorrow.
Storms may be accompanied by damaging winds, heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding.
Storms could cause damage to homes and property.
Rainfall totals since 9am include:
- 50.8mm at Mount Whaleback in the southern Pilbara
- 34.0mm at Windarie in the western Gascoyne
- 29.0mm at Newman Airport
The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.
The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Goldfields and Central West forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further alerts will be issued if necessary.
 
 
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
State Emergency Service (SES) are monitoring the situation. 
 
IMPORTANT NUMBERS: 
• If your home has been badly damaged by storm call the SES on 132 500. 
• In a life threatening situation call 000. 
• For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.auor call 1300 659 213. 
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.  
 
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.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 10:14 PM

Take action now for minor flooding in the Greenough and Irwin River Catchments in the Mid West Gascoyne Region

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 8:42pm
Category: Flood Alert Summary: People who live in the Greenough and Irwin River Catchments including Eradu, Karlanew Peak and Dongara need to take action now as minor flooding is expected overnight Monday and into Tuesday. Content: People who live in the Greenough and Irwin River Catchments including Eradu, Karlanew Peak and Dongara need to take action now as minor flooding is expected overnight Monday and into Tuesday.
 
Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.
 
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to relocate.
• 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 Greenough and Irwin Rivers, 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.

ROAD CLOSURES:
A number of roads in the Mid West Gascoyne are closed due to flooding including;
• Midlands Road is closed from Brand Highway to Mingenew.
• Wubin-Mullewa Road is closed from Mullewa to Morawa
• Goldfields Highway is closed from Wiluna to Meekatharra
• Great Northern Highway from Meekatharra to Newman is closed to light vehicles.   Extreme Caution must be exercised at floodways on the following roads;
o Geraldton-Mount Magnet Road from Mount Magnet to Yalgoo
o Great Northern Highway from Mt Magnet to Wubin
o Great Northern Highway both directions from Kumarina to Meekatharra
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au  
FLOOD DETAILS:
As at 7.17pm on Monday 2 March the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a Flood Warning for the Greenough and Irwin River Catchments.
Heavy rainfall recorded for the 24 hours to 9am Monday has caused significant stream rises in the upper and middle areas of Greenough River and Irwin River Catchments.
The river levels in the lower areas of Greenough River and Irwin River are expected to rise overnight Monday and into Tuesday.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
The Greenough River at Eradu is expected to peak at minor flood level (3.5 metres) overnight Monday.
The Greenough River at Karlanew Peak is expected to reach minor flood level (2.5 metres) during Tuesday morning.
The Irwin River at Dongara is expected to peak at 4.5 metres (minor flood level 5.0 metres) overnight Monday.
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: 2/03/2015 8:38 PM

Continue to take action with bad weather between Billabong Roadhouse, Warburton and Telfer

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 7:43pm
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live within an area bounded by Billabong Roadhouse to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Billabong Roadhouse you should continue to take action and stay safe with the start of bad weather including sever thunderstorms, heavy rain and damaging winds. This includes people in, near or between: Meekatharra, Newman and surrounding areas. Content: If you live within an area bounded by Billabong Roadhouse to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Billabong Roadhouse you should continue to take action and stay safe with the start of bad weather including sever thunderstorms, heavy rain and damaging winds. This includes people in, near or between: Meekatharra, Newman and surrounding areas.
This is typical weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
The warning for people in the area bounded by Northampton to Billabong Roadhouse to Paynes Find to Northampton has been CANCELLED.  
WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe:
• 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 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.
• Be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy and vehicles could become bogged.

THUNDERSTORM DETAILS:
As at 6.52 pm on Monday 2 March the Bureau of Meteorology advises the Severe Thunderstorm Warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall for the people in parts of WA within an area bounded by Billabong Roadhouse to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Billabong Roadhouse. This includes people in, near or between: Meekatharra, and Newman. The warning for people in the area bounded by Northampton to Billabong Roadhouse to Paynes Find to Northampton has been CANCELLED.

People are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS for the remainder of Monday evening. At 6.45 pm satellite imagery showed large areas of thunderstorm activity in the northeast Gascoyne, southeast Pilbara and through the Interior.
Storms may be accompanied by damaging winds, heavy rainfall and flash flooding.
Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
Newman recorded 26.8mm in 32 minutes to 1.00pm. Mount Whaleback mine in the southern Pilbara recorded 43 mm of rain in the 60 minutes to 1.00 pm and a total rainfall of 49 mm.
The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.
  
 
IMPORTANT NUMBERS: 
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500.
• In a life threatening situation call 000. 
• For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213. 
• Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

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. Publication Time: 2/03/2015 7:40 PM

Continue to take action with thunderstorms from Northampton to Telfer

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 4:48pm
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live between in parts of WA within an area bounded by Northampton to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Northampton you should take action and stay safe with start of thunderstorms. Content: If you live between in parts of WA within an area bounded by Northampton to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Northampton you should take action and stay safe with start of thunderstorms.   This includes people in Meekatharra, Newman and Northampton and surrounding areas.   Mount Whaleback mine in the southern Pilbara recorded 43 mm of rain in the 60 minutes to 1.00 pm and a total of 49 mm to 1.45 pm.    This is not unusual weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.   WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe:
  • 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.
  • Be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy and vehicles could become bogged.
  IMPORTANT NUMBERS: 
  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500.
  • In a life threatening situation call 000. 
  • For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.  
  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. Publication Time: 2/03/2015 4:45 PM

Bushfire ADVICE for Mandurah Road in the western part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 4:19pm
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the western part of Baldivis, on Mandurah Road between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road, in the City of Rockingham. Content: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the western part of Baldivis, on Mandurah Road between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road, in the City of Rockingham.  
  • There is no threat to lives or homes but 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.
  • The fire is burning in bushland adjacent to Lake Walyungup between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road.
  BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • The bushfire is contained and under control.
  WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
  IF DRIVING: 
  • 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: All roads are open.   Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.   Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Approximately 15 firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are mopping up and will be patrolling into the evening.
  EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incident was reported at 1.55am on Monday 2 March. 
  • Approximately 7.7 hectares has been burnt.
  • 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 now managing the fire.
  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 provided by 11am tomorrow, Tuesday 3 March by the Department of Parks and Wildlife unless the situation changes.Publication Time: 2/03/2015 4:00 PM Expiration Time: 3/03/2015 11:00 AM

Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of Rockingham, Hillman and East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 3:59pm
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the eastern part of Rockingham in an area bounded by Dixon Road, Mandurah Road, Milina Road and Ennis Avenue in the City of Rockingham. This includes the suburb of Hillman. Content: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the eastern part of Rockingham in an area bounded by Dixon Road, Mandurah Road, Milina Road and Ennis Avenue in the City of Rockingham. This includes the suburb of Hillman.  
  • There is no threat to lives or homes but 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • There are two bushfires in the area on Dixon Road:
    • One is near the intersection of Darile Street. This fire is contained and under control.
    • The second is near the intersection of Evinrude Bend and is now extinguished.
  WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
  IF DRIVING: 
  • 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: Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.   All roads are open.   Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Approximately 18 firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are mopping up and will be patrolling throughout the night.
  EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incidents were reported at 3.51am and 4.17am on Monday 2 March.
  • A total of 10 hectares have been burnt.
  • The cause of the fires is suspicious.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • DFES is managing the fires.
  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 provided by 11am tomorrow, 3 March 2015 unless the situation changes.Publication Time: 2/03/2015 3:50 PM

Bushfire ADVICE for The Spectacles and western part of Anketell in the City of Kwinana

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 3:21pm
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the The Spectacles and western part of Anketell, in an area bounded by McLaughlan Road, Anketell Road, Battersby Road and Thomas Road, in the City of Kwinana. Content: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the The Spectacles and western part of Anketell, in an area bounded by McLaughlan Road, Anketell Road, Battersby Road and Thomas Road, in the City of Kwinana.  
  • 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 started in The Spectacles north of Thomas Road. It was burning on both sides of the Kwinana Freeway, between Thomas Road and Anketell Road.
  BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • The bushfire is stationary.
  • It is contained and under control, but there are active hotspots in the area which are producing smoke.
  WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • 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 driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  ROAD CLOSURES: No roads are closed.    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.   WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Four Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are patrolling the area and extinguishing hot spots and flare-ups. 
  EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incident was reported at 11.09am on 24 February.
  • 150 hectares have been burnt.
  • The cause is a flare-up of a previous fire in the area.
  • The fire is being jointly managed by the City of Kwinana, Department of Parks and Wildlife and DFES.
  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 provided by 11am tomorrow, Tuesday 3 March, unless the situation changes. Publication Time: 2/03/2015 3:20 PM

Take action with the start of thunderstorms from Northampton to Telfer

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 2:45pm
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live between in parts of WA within an area bounded by Northampton to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Northampton you should take action and stay safe with the start of thunderstorms. Content: If you live between in parts of WA within an area bounded by Northampton to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Northampton you should take action and stay safe with the start of thunderstorms.   This includes people in Meekatharra, Newman and Northampton and surrounding areas.   Mount Whaleback mine in the southern Pilbara recorded 43 mm of rain in the 60 minutes to 1.00 pm and a total of 49 mm to 1.45 pm.   Newman Airport has recorded a total of 27.2 mm of rain.   This is not unusual weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.   WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe:
  • 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.
  • Be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy and vehicles could become bogged.
   IMPORTANT NUMBERS: 
  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500.
  • In a life threatening situation call 000. 
  • For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.  
  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.
Publication Time: 2/03/2015 2:45 PM

Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of Rockingham, Hillman and East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 2:05pm
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the eastern part of Rockingham in an area bounded by Dixon Road, Mandurah Road, Milina Road and Ennis Avenue in the City of Rockingham. This includes the suburb of Hillman. Content: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the eastern part of Rockingham in an area bounded by Dixon Road, Mandurah Road, Milina Road and Ennis Avenue in the City of Rockingham. This includes the suburb of Hillman.  
  • There is no threat to lives or homes but 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • There are two bushfires burning near Dixon Road. One is to the east of Lawson Road and the other is to the west of Lawson Road.  
  • Both fires are contained and under control. 
  WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
  IF DRIVING: 
  • 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: Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. All roads are now open.   Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Approximately 30 Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are mopping up. 
  EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incidents were reported at 3.51am and 4.17am on Monday 2 March.
  • The cause of the fires is undetermined.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • DFES is managing the fires.
  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 provided by 4pm today, 2 March 2015 unless the situation changes.Publication Time: 2/03/2015 2:00 PM

Get ready now for thunderstorms from Northampton to Telfer

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 11:56am
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live in an area bounded by Northampton to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Northampton you need to get ready now for thunderstorms coming late this morning and continuing into the afternoon and evening. This includes people in, near or between Meekatharra, Newman and Northampton. Content: If you live in an area bounded by Northampton to Paynes Find to Leinster to Warburton to Telfer to Minilya to Northampton you need to get ready now for thunderstorms coming late this morning and continuing into the afternoon and evening.   This includes people in, near or between Meekatharra, Newman and Northampton.   The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.   WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family get ready now:
  • Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
  • Move vehicles under cover
  • Boat owners should securely moor their boats
  • Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning. 
  If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property   THUNDERSTORM  DETAILS:
As at 10.53 am on 2 March 2015 the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a risk of severe thunderstorms developing late Monday morning and continuing into the afternoon and evening.   IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
  • For the latest weather information visit http://www.bom.gov.au/  or call 1300 659 213

 

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 http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 11:50 AM

Bushfire ADVICE for The Spectacles and western part of Anketell in the City of Kwinana

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 11:20am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the The Spectacles and western part of Anketell, in an area bounded by McLaughlan Road, Anketell Road, Battersby Road and Thomas Road, in the City of Kwinana. Content: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the The Spectacles and western part of Anketell, in an area bounded by McLaughlan Road, Anketell Road, Battersby Road and Thomas Road, in the City of Kwinana.  
  • 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 started in The Spectacles north of Thomas Road. It was burning on both sides of the Kwinana Freeway, between Thomas Road and Anketell Road.
  BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • The bushfire is stationary.
  • It is contained and under control, but there are active hotspots in the area which are producing smoke.
  WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • 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 driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  ROAD CLOSURES: No roads are closed.    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.   WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Four Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are patrolling the area and extinguishing hot spots and flare-ups. 
  EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incident was reported at 11.09am on 24 February.
  • 150 hectares have been burnt.
  • The cause is a flare-up of a previous fire in the area.
  • The fire is being jointly managed by the City of Kwinana, Department of Parks and Wildlife and DFES.
  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 provided by 4pm today, Monday 2 March, unless the situation changes. Publication Time: 2/03/2015 11:15 AM

Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of Rockingham, Hillman and East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:59am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the eastern part of Rockingham in an area bounded by Dixon Road, Mandurah Road, Milina Road and Ennis Avenue in the City of Rockingham. This includes the suburb of Hillman. Content: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the eastern part of Rockingham bounded by Dixon Road, Mandurah Road, Milina Road and Ennis Avenue in the City of Rockingham. This includes the suburb of Hillman.  
  • There is no threat to lives or homes but 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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • There are two bushfires burning near Dixon Road. One is to the east of Lawson Road and the other is to the west of Lawson Road.  
  • Both fires are contained and under control. 
  WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
  IF DRIVING: 
  • 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: Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.   Dixon Road is closed westbound between Day Road and Mandurah Road.   Speed restrictions of 40km/h are in place on Dixon Road eastbound between Day Road and New Common Court. Police are on the scene enforcing these restrictions.     Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Approximately 45 Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are mopping up. 
  EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incidents were reported at 3.51am and 4.17am on Monday 2 March.
  • The cause of the fires is undetermined.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • DFES is managing the fires.
  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 provided by 4pm today, 2 March 2015 unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 11:00 AM

Bushfire ADVICE for Mandurah Road in the western part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:29am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the western part of Baldivis, on Mandurah Road between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road, in the City of Rockingham. Content: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the western part of Baldivis, on Mandurah Road between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road, in the City of Rockingham.  
  • There is no threat to lives or homes but 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.
  • The fire is burning in bushland adjacent to Lake Walyungup between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road.
  BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • The bushfire is contained and under control.
  WHAT TO DO:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
  IF DRIVING: 
  • 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: Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.   Mandurah Road is now reopened.    Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Approximately 30 firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are mopping up and strengthening containment lines.
  • State Emergency Service volunteers, Salvation Army and WA Police are also in attendance.
  EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incident was reported at 1.55am on Monday 2 March. 
  • Approximately 7.7 hectares has been burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • The City of Rockingham is managing the fire.
  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 provided by 4pm today, Monday 2 March unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 10:10 AM

Emergency services responds after thunderstorm hits the City of Greater Geraldton

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 7:42am
Category: Storm Alert Summary: State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from the Geraldton-Greenough unit have helped the community in the City of Greater Geraldton after a bad thunderstorm with heavy rains hit the Geraldton area overnight. Content: State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from the Geraldton-Greenough unit have helped the community in the City of Greater Geraldton after a bad thunderstorm with heavy rains hit the Geraldton area overnight. 
 
Damage has been reported from the suburbs of Wonthella to Wandina in Geraldton with more than twenty one calls for help after a thunderstorms hit Geraldton late on Sunday evening. 
 
Rangeway and Geraldton central were worst hit with thirteen calls for help. The majority of calls have involved minor damage to roofs and flooding.  There have also been reports of flooding in the nearby town of Mullewa.
 
As at 2.52am on Monday 2 March the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorm warning in parts of WA within an area bounded by Geraldton to Kalbarri to Errabiddy to Three Rivers to Laverton to Mt Jackson to Geraldton has has been cancelled.
 
WHAT TO DO:
Now the thunderstorm has passed DFES advises you to:
• Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways  
• Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris
• Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live 
• Assess your home, car and property for damage
• If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs
• If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.

ROAD CLOSURES:
 
A number of roads have been closed due to flooding, including; 
• Great Northern Highway from Meekatharra to Newman has been closed to light vehicles 
• Marble Bar Road is closed from Newman to Nullagine 
Due to recent heavy rainfall extreme caution is advised to all traffic at floodways on the following roads; • Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road from Yalgoo to Mt Magnet
• Great Northern Highway both directions from Kumarina to Meekatharra
• Great Northern Highway from Mt Magnet to Wubin.   Road information is also available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or from your local Shire. 
Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current. Expect delays until normal traffic conditions are restored.
 
  THUNDERSTORM DETAILS: 
As at 2.52am on Monday 2 March the Bureau of Meteorology advised the Cancellation of Severe Thunderstorm Warning for people in parts of WA within an area bounded by Geraldton to Kalbarri to Errabiddy to Three Rivers to Laverton to Mt Jackson to Geraldton. This includes people in, near or between: Meekatharra, Geraldton and Northampton.
The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Goldfields, South Interior, Central West and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further alerts will be issued if necessary. Although thunderstorms are continuing through the Gascoyne and Goldfields, they are no longer expected to be severe.
   
IMPORTANT NUMBERS: 
• If your home has been badly damaged by the storm call the SES on 132 500 
• In a life threatening situation call 000 
• For the latest weather information visit  http://www.bom.gov.au/ or call 1300 659 213 
• To report downed powerlines call Horizon Power on 13 23 51 
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.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
  Updates will be issued if further information becomes available.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 7:40 AM Expiration Time: 2/03/2015 5:00 PM

Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of Rockingham, Hillman and East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 6:47am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: Bushfire ADVICE for eastern part of Rockingham, Hillman and East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham Content: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the eastern part of Rockingham and East Rockingham, north of Dixon Road and people in eastern Hillman in the City of Rockingham.
• There is no threat to lives or homes but 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.
• The fire is burning in bushland near Darile and Dixon Road in Hillman and is burning towards Dixon Road.  
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving slowly in a north north westerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
• This means homes north of Dixon Road in Rockingham and East Rockingham will encounter alot of smoke this morning and may be threatened by fire.

WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

IF DRIVING:
• 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:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Darile Street
• Dixon Road between Hargreaves Road and Mandurah Road
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Fourty career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters from nine stations are on the scene.
• Firefighters are protecting property on Darile Street and Dixon Road. 

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 3.51am on Monday 2 March.
• This is one of three fires in the City of Rockingham today.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• DFES is managing the fire.
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 provided by 11am today, 2 March 2015 unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 6:44 AM

Bushfire ADVICE for southern part of East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 6:12am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the southern part of East Rockingham in an area bounded by Dixon Road, Day Road and Mandurah Road in the City of Rockingham. Content: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the southern part of East Rockingham in an area bounded by Dixon Road, Day Road and Mandurah Road in the City of Rockingham.
• The alert level for this fire has been downgraded the fire is now contained and controlled.
• There is no threat to lives or homes but 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. 
•  The fire is burning in bushland on the southern side of Dixon Road.  
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is now contained and under control.  
WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

IF DRIVING:
• 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:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• More than twenty career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters from five stations are on the scene.
• Firefighters are mopping up.
 

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 4.17am on Monday 2 March.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The City of Rockingham is managing the fire.

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 provided by 11am today, Monday 2 March unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 6:08 AM

Bushfire ADVICE for Mandurah Road in the western part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 5:55am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the western part of Baldivis, on Mandurah Road between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road, in the City of Rockingham. Content: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the western part of Baldivis, on Mandurah Road between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road, in the City of Rockingham.
• The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire is now contained and under control.
• There is no threat to lives or homes but 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.
• The fire is burning in bushland adjacent to Lake Walyungup between Safety Bay Road and Sixty Eighth Road.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• It is a small controllable fire.
WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
IF DRIVING:
• 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:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Mandurah Road between Pike Road and Sixty Eighth Road.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au  
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• More than sixty career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters from nine stations are on the scene.
• Firefighters are mopping up and strengthening containment lines.
• State Emergency Service volunteers, Salvation Army and WA Police are also in attendance.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 1.55pm on Monday 2 March. 
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The City of Rockingham is managing the fire.

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 provided by 11am today, Monday 2 March unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 5:52 AM

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for the southern part of East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 4:58am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the area bounded by Day Road, Dixon Road and Mandurah Road in East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham. Content:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the area bounded by Day Road, Dixon Road and Mandurah Road in East Rockingham in the City of Rockingham.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.
• You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
• The fire is burning in bushland south of Dixon Road. It is burning towards Dixon Road.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
• This means homes on Day Road, Dixon Road, Mandurah Road and the surrounding area may be threatened by the fire.


WHAT TO DO:
• If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
• There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
• If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
• 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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.


SAFER PLACE:
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.


ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Firefighters are protecting houses and caravans in Dixon Road.
• Career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters from five stations are on the scene.
• Firefighters are fighting the fire to protect local assests.


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 4.17am on Monday 2 March.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The Shire of Rockingham is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio, 6PR or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every two hours unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 4:54 AM

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for Mandurah Road in the western part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 4:05am
Category: Fire Alert Summary: A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people on Mandurah Road in the western part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham. Content:  A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people on Mandurah Road in the western part of Baldivis in the City of Rockingham.
• There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.
• You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
• The fire is burning in Lake Walyungup between Safety Bay Rad and Sixty Eight Road.  
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
• This means homes on Mandurah Road between Sixty Eight Road and Safety Bay Road may be threatened by the fire.

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.

SAFER PLACE:
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Mandurah Road between Pike Road and Sixty Eight Road
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Firefighters are protecting houses in Mandurah Road.
• Career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 3.30am on Monday 2 March.
• The cause of the fire is unknown. 
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The City of Rockingham is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio, 6PR or news bulletins.
Updates will be provided every two hours unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 2/03/2015 4:02 AM

Continue to take action with more bad weather coming between Geraldton, Errabiddy, Three Rivers and Laverton

Sun, 01/03/2015 - 11:47pm
Category: Storm Alert Summary: If you live within an area bounded by Geraldton to Kalbarri to Errabiddy to Three Rivers to Laverton to Mt Jackson to Geraldton. Content:

If you live within an area bounded by Geraldton to Kalbarri to Errabiddy to Three Rivers to Laverton to Mt Jackson to Geraldton. This includes people in, near or between Meekatharra, Geraldton, Northampton and surrounding areas.  This does not include Kalbarri.
 
The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area and could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Pilbara, South Interior and Lower West forecast districts has been cancelled.
 
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 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.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe once the bad weather has passed: 
• Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways. 
• Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris. 
• Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live. 
• Assess your car, home and property for damage.
• If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
• If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500. 
 
People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.  
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
 
• Great Northern Highway from Meekatharra to Newman has been closed to light vehicles due to flooding.
 
Due to recent heavy rainfall extreme caution is advised to all traffic at floodways on the following roads;
• Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road from Yalgoo to Mt Magnet
• Great Northern Highway both directions from Kumarina to Meekatharra
• Great Northern Highway from Mt Magnet to Wubin

Road information is also available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or from your local Shire.  
 
 
THUNDERSTORM DETAILS:
As at 11.29pm Sunday 1 March 2015 the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for people in parts of WA within an area bounded by Geraldton to Kalbarri to Errabiddy to Three Rivers to Laverton to Mt Jackson to Geraldton. This includes people in, near or between: Meekatharra, Geraldton and Northampton. This does not include Kalbarri.

People are advised that there is a risk of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS for the remainder of Sunday and early Monday morning. At 11:00 pm satellite imagery showed a very active thunderstorm area through the southern Gascoyne and adjacent Goldfields. A line of strong thunderstorms from Geraldton to Mt Jackson has redeveloped and is moving very slowly eastwards, producing very heavy rainfall.

Storms may be accompanied by damaging winds and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding.

Storms could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Several sites have recorded significant rainfall totals, including:
- 79.4 mm at Gutha West
- 68.0 mm at South Holmwood
- 58.0 mm at Bellendaine
- 53.0 mm at Geraldton Airport
- 52.0 mm at Morawa

Gutha West, north of Morawa, recorded an 80 km/h wind gust at 12.18 pm. Merredin recorded a 74 km/h wind gust at 1.39 pm. Meekatharra Airport recorded a 74 km/h wind gust at 10:35 pm.

The overall weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, but severe weather may occur in some parts of the warning area.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Pilbara, South Interior and Lower West forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further alerts will be issued if necessary.
 
IMPORTANT NUMBERS: 
• If your home has been badly damaged by storm call the SES on 132 500. 
• In a life threatening situation call 000.
• For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.
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. 
 
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.
 

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