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EMERGENCY WARNING for North West Coastal Highway


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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
• The community is requested to relocate to Exmouth by heading in a southerly direction along North West Coastal Highway,turning off at Burkett Road.
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
• DFES staff, volunteer Fire and Emergency Service and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are on scene.
• The incident was reported at 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 November 2015.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• DFES is managing the fire
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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