Perth, WA bushfires: Residents urged to act immediately amid emergency warnings

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Residents are being urged to leave immediately as a bushfire emergency warning has been issued for Western Australia.

The WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued an alert on Sunday morning as bushfires ravage the area after a fire started in an area of state forest west of Nanga Townsite.

Affected areas include Pinjarra Williams Road to the north, Scarp Road and Farley Road to the east, Tallathalla Road to the south and South Western Highway to the west, including Meelon townsite and Marrarup Nature Reserve.

People west of Nanga Road in southern parts of Lane Poole Reserve, west of the Nanga Townsite in the Shire of Murray and Shire of Waroona are also under the emergency bushfire warning.

DFES said people in those areas need to “act immediately to survive”, while it’s “too dangerous to return” for those who aren’t home.

Residents are urged to leave now if the way is clear and not to wait, as “leaving at the last minute could put your life in danger”.

For those who can’t leave, preparing a shelter in the home is crucial.

DFES advise going to a room away from the fire front with two exits and water — such as a kitchen or laundry — and ensuring you can easily escape.

Keeping all doors and windows shut while turning off evaporative air conditioners and keeping water running through the system is also encouraged.

The emergency warning stated the fire is still spreading with “strong winds in difficult to access steep and hilly terrain”.

“The fire ground is experiencing fresh and gusty winds this morning, decreasing into the evening. People in the area should remain vigilant in case the fire behaviour escalates again.”

A bushfire Watch and Act has also been issued for southern parts of Lane Poole Reserve, west of the Nanga Townsite, and areas to the west of Marrinup State Forest and north of Tallathalla Road in the Shire of Waroona and Shire of Murray.

Residents are urged to leave immediately if they are not prepared or plan to leave, so long as the way is clear, as there is a “possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing”.

Those who are well prepared and plan to defend their homes are urged to make final preparations and not to reply on mains water pressure as it may be affected.

“ You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires,” the DFES warning said.

“Keep doors and windows closed and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

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

Keep up to date with emergency warnings here.

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