5:23PM UPDATE: Downgraded - Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for southern part of FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY

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A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people on or near Goodoga Road, Paull Street, Riverside Drive and Furnissdale Road in FURNISSDALE.

Please note this alert has been downgraded.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people on or near Goodoga Road, Paull Street, Riverside Drive and Furnissdale Road in FURNISSDALE in SHIRE OF MURRAY.

The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as homes are no longer underthreat.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the 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.

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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