Bushfire emergency warning for Harvey

BUSHFIRES are burning out of control in the area bounded by Willowdale Road, Johnston Road, Forrest Highway, Dorsett Road, Williamson Road, Mayfield Road and Nanga Brook Road, including the Waroona townsite, in the Shire of Waroona.  

Emergency services have warned those in the area of Harvey are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes. 

An evacuation centre has been established at Murray Leisure Centre, 16 Camp Road, Pinjarra. 

The Harvey Recreation Centre is no longer open.

The bushfire is moving fast in a south westerly direction and burning embers are likely to be blown around the home. 

A spokesperson from the department of emergency services said for people west of South Western Highway, they can leave in a westerly direction.

For people in Harvey townsite and surrounding areas, leave in a westerly direction along Udoc and Forestry roads, then south along Forrest Hwy.

"If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear," the spokesperson said.

"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. 

"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 you hose and put out spot fires". 

They said if you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.  

The department of emergency services said for people east of South Western Highway, it is too late to leave and leaving now would be deadly.

"You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it," the spokesperson said. 

"For people in Preston Beach it is also too late to leave. If you are unable to actively defend your home you should shelter at the beach. 

"Go to a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape and choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry."

Forrest Highway is closed between Pinjarra Road and Raymond Road. 

South Western Highway is closed between Coolup townsite and Johnston Road. 

Nanga Road is closed between Nanga Brook Road and Driver Road. 

Old Coast Road is closed between Old Bunbury Road and Forrest Highway.  

The fire started in Lane Poole Reserve and it is burning on both sides of the South Western Highway.  

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