Fire warning upgraded as Harvey blaze moves

An emergency warning has been issued for those in the vicinity of Ridgeview Way, Papalia Court and Plantation Outlook within the area bounded by Treasure Road, Wellesley Road North and Old Coast Road as a blaze, believed to be deliberately lit, continues to burn this afternoon.

At 5.19pm, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions released a bushfire WATCH AND ACT for the area bounded by Treasure Road, Wellesley Road and the Forrest Highway north of Kemerton in the Shire of Harvey.

The warning was upgraded at 6pm, with the out of control fire threatening lives and homes as it moves fast in a north-easterly direction.

Some 50 Parks and Wildlife Service and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are on the scene, with aerial support assisting ground crews.

So far, the fire has already burnt 40 hectares of land.

It is understood the cause of the fire is being deemed suspicious.

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.

Wellesley Road North is closed from Forrest Highway/Old Coast Road to Treasure Road and motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Emergency Services personnel are responding to three fires burning in the Shire of Harvey this afternoon, January 20.

The first fire was first reported near Forrest Highway and Wellesley Road in Binningup just after 4.30pm on Monday, January 20.

Less than 30 minutes later, emergency services were called to a second fire reported near Clarke Road and Honeymoon Road in Hoffman.

Firefighters are at the scene.

To remain up-to-date with emergency warnings and advice, visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au/

More to come.