DFES issues emergency warning for Jandabup bushfire in City of Wanneroo

Bushfire in Jandabup. Picture: Josh Tucker
Bushfire in Jandabup. Picture: Josh Tucker

UPDATE, January 27 11.25am: ABOUT 60 firefighters are continuing to mop up the Jandabup Australia Day fire, which has burnt about 39ha.

The City of Wanneroo is now managing the bushfire, with the alert level at advice, including for smoke in the area.

UPDATE, 7.20pm: DFES says the fire, which burnt through about 35ha, is under control and the alert has been downgraded to advice.

About 150 firefighters attended and are patrolling the area and mopping up.

 

UPDATE, 4.25pm: DFES has downgraded the alert to ‘watch and act’ with advice for smoke in the area.

The cause of the fire is suspicious and people are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER: A BUSHFIRE emergency warning has been issued for Jandabup in the City of Wanneroo.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued the warning about 2.30pm on Australia Day for people in an area bounded by Franklin Road to the west, Trichet Road to the south, Rousset and Townsend roads to the north and the pine plantation to the east.

Jandabup bushfire. Picture: Dee Farrell

It advised that there was a threat to lives and homes and people in the area are in immediate danger and need to act immediately to survive.

The fire started near the intersection of Sydney Road and Ross Street in Jandabup.

The areas affected by the bushfire watch and act and advice alerts.

DFES advises people that, if the way is clear, leave now for a safer place – do not wait and see; leaving at the last minute is deadly.

If people plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected.

Those with access to a water tank who plan to defend their home, should start patrolling with a hose and put out spot fires.

Those who cannot leave, need to get ready to shelter in their home and actively defend it.

For those not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.

Jandabup bushfire. Picture: Dee Farrell

DFES advised people to close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

The bushfire is moving fast in a north westerly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

Jandabup bushfire. Picture: Josh Tucker

Burning embers are likely to be blown around homes. Spot fires are starting up to 300m ahead of the fire.

The safest route for those living within the emergency warning area to leave is in a south westerly direction via Badgerup Road. Listen to firefighting personnel and follow their directions.

People are advised to avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including Hawkins Road between Badgerup Road and Wirrega Road; Wirrega Road between Hawkins Road and Mulga Road; Paini Way; Mulga Road between Wirrega Road and Warbrook Road; Warbrook Road between Sydney Road and Mulga Road; Ross Street between Badgerup Road to Sydney Road and Damian Road.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire, which was reported about 12.49pm.

About 80 career fire and rescue service, bush fire service, volunteer fire and emergency service, volunteer fire and rescue service firefighters are attending.

DFES warned that people should never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires as it poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au for updates.