Waroona bushfire: community meeting update

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A community meeting will be held on Thursday at 11.30am at the Waroona Recreation Centre for those affected by the Waroona bushfire.

An emergency warning remains in place for the Waroona townsite and Preston Beach.

The blaze, which started on Wednesday morning in the Lane Poole Reserve, intensified overnight with winds fanning flames towards Waroona.

The out of control and fast-moving fire has crossed South Western Highway and lives and homes are under threat.

Two evacuation centres have beenset up - one at Murray Leisure Centre and one at Harvey Recreation Centre.

At this stage there are no reports of loss of life, although a number of properties are understood to have been impacted by the fire.

Drakesbrook Winery has reportedly lost its vineyard and orchard.

A watch and act warning is also in place for an area bounded by Johnston Road, Willowdale Road, Forrest Highway, Riverdale Road and Logue Brook Dam and Clarke Road to Nanga Road.

There are reports workers at Alcoa's Wagerup refinery are stuck at the site, with no one able to get in or out.

Anyone driving between Perth and Bunbury will need to take alternative routes, with Forrest Highway closed from Pinjarra Road to Raymond Road, South Western Highway closed between Coolup townsite and Johnston Road and Old Coast Road closed between Old Bunbury Road and Forrest Highway.

Yalgorup National Park is closed, as is the Munda Biddi trail between Nanga Mill and Driver Road.

The Bibbulman Track between Yarragil Form and Driver Road is closed.

Mandurah Caravan and Tourist Park is offering free accommodation to those who have had to evacuate and have nowhere else to go. Phone - 9535 1171.

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