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EMERGENCY WARNING for North West Coastal Highway

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Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for North West Coastal Highway near Nanutarra Roadhouse in the Shire of Ashburton
Wednesday 25 November 2015 – 4:20 PM

​*The community are asked to avoid the area. If they are already in the area, leave immediately by heading south along North West Coastal Highway to Exmouth. 

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people near Nanutarra Roadhouse, along North West Coastal Highway in the Shire of Ashburton.
• You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
• The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as fire behaviour has intensified.
• Homes near Nanutarra Roadhouse will be under threat by fire.
• The fire is burning on both sides of the North West Coastal Highway, near Nanutarra Roadhouse.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving fast in a southerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.
• Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.
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.
• There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
•  It is not safe to stay and actively defend, your best chance for survival is to leave now.
• 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.
SAFER PLACE:
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
SAFEST ROUTE:
• The community is requested to relocate to Exmouth by heading in a southerly direction along North West Coastal Highway,turning off at Burkett Road.
ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:
• North West Coastal Highway between Burkett Road and Fortescue Roadhouse (open to people leaving the fire zone).
• Nanutarra Munjina Road
It is expected Pannawonica Road will be closed shortly.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• DFES staff, volunteer Fire and Emergency Service and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are on scene.
EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 November 2015.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• DFES is managing the fire
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio or news bulletins.
Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.

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