Urgent bushfire warning in Manjimup, Western Australia
An urgent emergency warning has been issued with residents told they are “in danger” and “need to act immediately to survive”.
An urgent bushfire emergency warning has been issued in Western Australia with residents told they are “in danger” and “need to act immediately to survive”.
The fire, which has been burning since Friday, is understood to have been sparked by lightning with more than 75 firefighters now on the scene actively fighting the blaze. Currently there has been 4,200 hectares burnt and is uncontained, uncontrolled and moving slowly in a north westerly direction.
Authorities are urging people in the shire of Manjimup, in the vicinity of Yeagarup including the Donnelly River Huts, in the state’s southwest, to evacuate if “the way is clear”.
“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes,” the alert reads.
“If you are in lockdown or any form of isolation or quarantine for Covid-19, you must do whatever you need to protect your life.”
The alert level has been upgraded due to weather conditions and the fire is escalating in heavy fuels. Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.
The fire started near Ritter Road and Fly Brook Road.
“If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place,” the alert reads.
“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.
“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.
Visit Emergency WA for more information or call 13 DFES on 13 3337.