4:40PM UPDATE: Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for southern part of FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

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A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people along Furnissdale Road, Riverside Drive and Ronlyn Road in the southern part of FURNISSDALE.

Please note changes to What Firefighters Are Doing and Extra Information. Homes on Riverside Drive and Furnissdale Road are under threat by fire now.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people along Furnissdale Road, Riverside Drive and Ronlyn Road in the southern part of FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY.

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 conditions have esculated.
Homes on Riverside Drive and Furnissdale Road are under threat by fire now.
The fire started near the intersection of GOODOOGA RD and JANNALI RD in FURNISSDALE.

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.
Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for southern part of FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people between Goodooga Road and Furnissdale Road in FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
WHAT TO DO:
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 plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting up to 50 metres ahead of the fire.

SAFEST ROUTE:
If you live in the affected area, leave by travelling north along Furnissdale Road. .

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Some roads may be closed.

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

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF MURRAY.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
85 Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services firefighters are attending.
Aerial support has been sent to protect crews and homes.

DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so 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.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 01:01 PM on 6 April 2020.
Currently there has been 21 hectares burnt.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Shire of Murray is managing the fire.
 

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