’Too late to leave’: WA bushfire emergency

People living in parts of WA’s south coast have been warned they need to act immediately to survive as a bushfire approaches.

A bushfire is threatening parts of Eagle Bay, Naturaliste and Dunsborough near Busselton in Western Australia’s Margaret River region.

An emergency warning has been issued for people in the Eagle Bay townsite, Meelup Regional Park and in an area bounded by Cape Naturaliste Road to the north and west, Okapa Rise to the south and Wardandi Drive and Willanup Rise.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services, issuing the warning just before 5am on Monday, said it was too late for people in this area to leave and they needed to act immediately to survive.

People are being urged to shelter in their homes in a room away from the fire front and to make sure they can easily escape.

All windows and doors should be closed and evaporative air conditioners should be turned off with the water kept running through the system if possible.

People should protect themselves by wearing long sleeves and trousers made from cotton or wool, as well as strong leather boots, and choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.

“If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt,” the department warned.

The blaze, which started near the intersection of Curtis Bay Beach in the coastal town of Dunsborough, has forced parts of Cape Naturaliste Road to close.

A bushfire Watch and Act is in place for people north of Caves Road and west of Cape Naturaliste Road in parts of Naturaliste and Dunsborough

People in these areas are being warned of a possible threat to lives and homes as the fire approaches and conditions change.

Those who are not prepared or are planning to leave should leave now if the way is clear, while those who are well prepared and plan to actively defend their homes should make their final preparations.

People in this area who cannot safely leave should proceed to the safer places of last resort at 42 Bunker Bay Road, off Cape Naturaliste Rd in Naturaliste or the Eagle Bay Community Hall at 32 Fern Road, Eagle Bay.

People south of Caves Road in parts of Quedjinup, Yallingup and Naturaliste should monitor WA Emergency for updates.

The department says there is a lot of smoke in this area but no current threat to lives or homes.

Originally published as Emergency warning issued for bushfire on Western Australia’s south coast

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