Fast moving bushfire sparks emergency warning in Shire of York

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UPDATE: The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) have confirmed the alert level for this fire has been downgraded and the fire is now contained and under control.

However, they have advised there is still a lot of smoke in the area and although there is no immediate danger, residents should be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

EARLIER: A rapidly moving out-of-control bushfire is threatening lives and property in St Ronans and Daliak in the Shire of York.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a bushfire emergency warning for residents bounded by Mokine Road, west of Ulster Road, Great Southern Highway and Myanarra Road including the Wambyn Nature Reserve.

The warning urges residents they are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.

The fire started near the intersection of Great Southern Highway in St Ronans.

A bushfire watch and act has also been issued for people in an area bounded by North Road, Eleventh Road, west of Ulster Road, Great Southern Highway out to the intersection with Trews Road and Mokine Road in York.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

Residents are urged to leave or get ready to actively defend.

The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable.

People in the emergency warning area can leave to the north via Ashworth Road. People in the watch and act area can leave on the Northam-York Road or Spencer Brook Road.

Great Southern Highway is closed between Ashworth Road and the townsite of York.

WHAT TO DO:

If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.

Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.

If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.

If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.

If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.

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