This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. It is essential that the words are not changed.
Time of issue: 02:33 PM
Date of issue: 13 November 2019
Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for southern part of UTAKARRA in CITY OF GREATER GERALDTON
A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people bounded by Utakkara Road, North West Coastal Highway, Geraldton-Mount Magnet Road and Abraham Road in UTAKARRA in CITY OF GREATER GERALDTON.
- You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
- Homes in BLENCOWE ROAD are under threat by fire now.
- The fire started near the intersection of MOLONEY ST and BROCKAGH DR in UTAKARRA.
- 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.
- The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly direction.
- It is out of control and unpredictable.
- Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
- Firefighters are expecting the wind to change from north easterly to southerly at 3pm.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Utakarra Road is closed to entering traffic.
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 CITY OF GREATER GERALDTON.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
- Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.
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.
- The fire was reported at 11:53 AM on 13 November 2019.
- DFES is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.