Yallingup fire threat demoted to Watch & Act | Busselton-Dunsborough Courier

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LOOK AND ACT: People west of Caves Road between Spencer Road and Johnson Road, including Quininup Road, Tilly Road and parts of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

  • The alert level for this fire was lowered as conditions improved.
  • If you’re unprepared or planning to go, go now if the way is clear.
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make the final preparations now.
  • If you plan to stay and actively defend yourself, do not rely on the pressure of running water as it could be affected. You must 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 let water run through the system if possible.
  • If you are not home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

FUEL FIRE NOTICE: People in an area east of Caves Road bounded by Spencer Road to the north, Puzey Road to the east and Johnson Road to the south in parts of Yallingup and Wilyabrup. A WATCH AND ACT Bushfire is also in place for people near the coast between the Injidup Beach parking lot to the north and Moses Rock Road to the south.

  • There is no threat to lives or homes.
  • While there is no immediate danger, you should be aware and stay informed in case the situation changes.
  • Stay alert and watch your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all windows and doors and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but allow water to flow through the system if possible.
  • Read your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you don’t have a plan, decide what to do if the situation gets worse. You can make a plan by visiting My Bushfire Plan
  • The bushfire is slowly moving south-east.
  • It is neither contained nor controlled.
  • Hot embers are likely to be blown around your home.

It is possible to exit onto Caves Road via Quininup Road and Tilly Road.

CLOSURE OF ROADS AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and watch out for fire and emergency personnel working on the site.

Several roads were closed including:

Motorists are urged to avoid the area, reduce their speed and drive carefully due to the smoke. Traffic information may also be available from Main Roads WA by visiting the Main Roads Travel Map, calling 138 138 or contacting your local government authority.

WHAT FIRE FIGHTERS DO:

  • Firefighters are on site and actively fighting the blaze.
  • Several firefighters from the Parks and Wildlife Service and the local government are present.
  • Air support was sent to help the ground crews.

DRONES AND AIR SUPPORT:

Never fly a drone, model airplane or multirotor near bush fires. This poses a major risk to the safety of firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and requires aircraft to be immobilized or rerouted, hampering firefighting efforts.

  • The fire was reported at 9:00 a.m. on December 9, 2021.
  • Currently, 50 hectares have been burnt.
  • The bushfire is moving rapidly in a south-easterly direction.
  • It is neither contained nor controlled.
  • Hot embers are likely to be blown around your home.

Gusts of wind produce flame heights of up to one meter.

It is possible to exit onto Caves Road via Quininup Road and Tilly Road.

  • The evacuation center of Geographe Leisure Center in Busselton (Recreation Lane and Queen Elizabeth Avenue, West Busselton) is now closed. Anyone in need of immediate assistance can contact the Communities Disaster Response Hotline at 1-800-032 965.
  • People who have been personally advised to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 should find other suitable premises and wear a mask. If this is not possible, go to the evacuation center and identify yourself to the center staff upon arrival.
  • Continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain an appropriate physical distance.
  • Please bring all essential items such as medicines and ID to the evacuation center.
  • Pets (with the exception of recognized service animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centers for health and safety reasons, so you must make alternative arrangements for them. If this is not possible, please go to the evacuation center with your pets and wait for further advice.

CLOSURE OF ROADS AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and watch out for fire and emergency personnel working on the site.

Several roads were closed including:

Motorists are urged to avoid the area, reduce their speed and drive carefully due to the smoke. Traffic information may also be available from Main Roads WA by visiting the Main Roads Travel Map, calling 138 138 or contacting your local government authority.

WHAT FIRE FIGHTERS DO:

  • Firefighters are on site and actively fighting the blaze.
  • several firefighters from the Parks and Wildlife Service and the local government are present.
  • Air support was sent to help the ground crews.

DRONES AND AIR SUPPORT:

Never fly a drone, model airplane or multirotor near bush fires. This poses a major risk to the safety of firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and requires aircraft to be immobilized or rerouted, hampering firefighting efforts.


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