A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people Grass Patch, Salmon Gums and surrounding areas in the Shire of Esperance.
- You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
- Homes in Salmon Gums and Grass Patch are under threat by fire now.
- The fire started north of Cascade and is now burning on both sides of the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, between Scaddan and Salmon Gums.
- The bushfire is moving slowly in a north easterly direction.
- It is out of control and unpredictable.
- Flames are up to 2 metres high.
- Firefighters are expecting westerly winds.
- This means the fire may move in an easterly direction.
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.
- 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.
- People in Salmon Gums are being relocated to Norseman or Esperance.
- The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has also set up a temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre on Council Place, Esperance.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:
- Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, north of the Gibson townsite.
- Merivale Road, east of Fisheries Road.
A community meeting will be held today at 10am at the Esperance Civic Centre.
The Department of Education has advised that the following schools will be closed tomorrow:
- Scaddan Primary School
- Grass Patch Primary School
- Salmon Gums Primary School
For further details visit www.det.wa.edu.au/emergency.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
- Volunteer Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
- Firefighters are working to assist people relocate from the area.
- Aerial support is enroute to the incident.
- The fire was reported at 7am on Sunday 15 November and currently approximately 300,000 hectares have been burnt.
- The cause of the fire is lightning.
- DFES managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio, or news bulletins.