Bushfire watch and act alert issued for Hopeland

Possible threat to lives and property as fire burns under changing conditions.

Possible threat to lives and property as fire burns under changing conditions.

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for western part of HOPELAND in CITY OF ROCKINGHAM

ALERT LEVEL: 

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by Kwinana Freeway, Karnup Road, Doghill Road, Hall Road and Gull Road .

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 the intersection of SERPENTINE RD and KARNUP RD in BALDIVIS.

The fire is burning towards the Serpentine River.

WHAT TO DO: 

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a north easterly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

Firefighters are expecting the wind to shift to south westerly at 5pm.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:

Serpentine Road from Young Road 

Serpentine Road from Karnup Road

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 CITY OF ROCKINGHAM.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE: 

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, or listen to news bulletins. 

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.

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