RESIDENTS in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale have been warned about a fast-moving, out-of-control bushfire burning in the Oldbury area.
The fire was reported at 10.24am near the intersection of King and Boomerang roads, with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issuing a bushfire watch and act warning for locals at 12.15pm.
There is a possible threat to homes and lives as the fire approaches an area bounded by King Road to the west, Gossage Road to the north and Boomerang Road to the south-east.
Residents need to leave or get ready to defend their properties.
12:15 PM -Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for north western parts of OLDBURY in the SHIRE OF SERPENTINE-JARRAHDALE: https://t.co/ZSEIQCTb4B
— DFES (@dfes_wa) November 30, 2018
The bushfire is reportedly moving fast in an easterly direction, is out of control and unpredictable.
DFES has the following advice for residents in the area:
- 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.
Motorists should avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.
Aerial support has been sent in to support firefighting ground crews.