Source: Emergency WA
Bushfire Watch and Act - bounded by Liddelow Road to the west, Armadale Road to the north, Tonkin highway to the east and Rowley Road to the south in parts of FORRESTDALE and BANJUP in the CITY OF ARMADALE and CITY of COCKBURN
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
This is a new alert
Time of issue: 04:51 PM
Date of issue: 01 January 2023
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of FORRESTDALE and BANJUP in the CITY OF ARMADALE and CITY of COCKBURN
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people bounded by Liddelow Road to the west, Armadale Road to the north, Tonkin highway to the east and Rowley Road to the south in parts of FORRESTDALE and BANJUP in the CITY OF ARMADALE and CITY of COCKBURN.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
The fire started near the intersection of WELD ST and COMMERCIAL RD in FORRESTDALE.
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.
Keep doors and windows closed 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.
If you are told to leave in an emergency, don't stay at home even if you have COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms.
You may stay at a friend or relative's house, an evacuation centre or other suitable accommodation.
If you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, take these steps to prevent spreading the illness if you can:
wear a mask around other people
wash your hands regularly
stay and sleep in a separate room
maintain physical distancing.
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 visiting the Main Roads Travel Map, calling 138 138 or by contacting your Local Government Authority.
Owners or carers of livestock, pets and companion animals should activate their own animal welfare plan. During a bushfire take advice from Local Government Authorities to protect the lives of your animals while keeping yourself safe.
For more information on actions to take for each bushfire warning level, please see the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING
Firefighters are on the scene.
Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
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 04:20 PM on 1 January 2023.
KEEP UP TO DATE
Visit Emergency WA, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter, Facebook, 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.
Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.