Threat to lives and homes

Augusta Margaret River Times
Fire warning
Camera IconFire warning

An emergency fire warning has been issued for the eastern part of Alexandra Bridge and Courtenay in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, with authorities confirming lives and homes are under threat.

The fire started near the intersection of Brockman Highway and Beck Road in Courtenay and the warning is in place for people bounded by Brockman Highway to the north, Courtney Road to the east, Payne Road to the south, Wall Road to the west.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services statement classified the fire — called in at 12.42pm — as “out of control and unpredictable” and stressed people were in danger and needed to act immediately to survive.

DFES advises:

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  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • 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.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

Burning embers are travelling long distances, with spot fires starting up to 100m away.

A “watch and act” alert is in place for people bounded by Scott River Road to the east, Strucels Road to the south, Blackwood River to the west, Marsh Road to the north.

An “advice” alert has been issued for areas bounded by Bussell Highway to the west, Wright Road to the north, Dennis Road to the east and Gov Broome Road to the south.

This covers parts of Courtenay, Karridale, Kudardup, Forest Grove, Warner Glen, Alexandra Bridge and Nillup.

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