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Yallingup under threat as bushfire emergency warning issued

File Image. Photo: Tex Reeks.

The Department of Fire and Emergency services has issued a bushfire emergency warning for Yallingup as an out of control blaze rages toward the townsite.

It comes hours after firefighters managed to get the upper hand on an inferno which destroyed more than 80 homes in Perth’s hills.

DFES said the out of control and unpredictable blaze will hit Yallingup in one hour after it started near Duckworth place in Naturalist about 6:20pm.

Strong winds are fuelling the bushfire as it moves fast in a south westerly direction.

DFES said people are in danger and need to act immediately to survive as there is a threat to lives and homes.

WHAT TO DO: 

  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
  • Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
  • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
  • If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.
  • If you are in an area subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, put your bushfire plan into action now and continue to follow precautions to minimise spread of the virus.

If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19:

  • Leave now, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.
  • If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.
  • Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.


SAFEST ROUTE: 
If you live in Dawson Drive and Wardanup Crescent you can leave in a southerly direction. 


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 
Some roads may be closed.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the CITY OF BUSSELTON.


KEEP UP TO DATE: 

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: facebook.com/dfeswa.

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. 

This information may be outdated, visit emergency.wa.gov.au for the latest updates.


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