Posted: 15 November, 2016 by Daniel Leach

EMERGENCY WARNING: East of Hopetoun

UPDATED: 13:02am

 


Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for the town site and surrounding area of Hopetoun in the Shire of Ravensthorpe

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people south of Springdale Road between the Jerdacuttup River and the Culham Inlet.

  • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire has been contained and under control.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the conditions are changing.
  • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
  • The fire started near Buegge Road and Springdale Road in Hopetoun
  • It is burning in north of Dotterel Drive in swamp land and paddocks.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.If defending your property, do not rely on the mains water supply as the system may be affected.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving slowly in a south south westerly direction at 3 kilometres per hour.
  • It is contained and under control.
  • Homes are not designed or constructed to withstand a fire in today's condition


SAFEST ROUTE:

Hopetoun-Ravensthorpe Road


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Springdale Road and Southern Ocean Road are 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 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR the Shire of Ravensthorpe.

SCHOOLS:

The Department of Education advises parents of students at Hopetoun Primary School that children are currently safe and still on site.Parents may come and collect their children from school if they wish to. Parents need to sign their children out so they are accounted for. Please follow all instructions from emergency services personnel.The school is making every effort to inform parents of the developing situation and has sent an SMS to parents.Parents can call the Goldfields Education Regional Office on 9093 5600.For the latest school updates visit Public Education WA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PublicEducationWA/


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
  • 60 volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to protect crews and homes.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 08:45 AM on 15 November 2016 and currently there has been 200 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is accidental.
  • Shire of Ravensthorpe is managing the fire.

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