Residents told to ‘leave for a safe place’ as bushfire burns close to homes south of Geraldton

Residents told to ‘leave for a safe place’ as bushfire burns close to homes south of Geraldton

13th March 2021 Off By adpublisher

Residents in Geraldton’s south have been told to evacuate as an out-of-control and unpredictable bushfire burns close to homes and schools in the suburb of Wandina.

An emergency warning is in place for people in the area bounded by Brand Highway, Ackland Road, Verita Road, and Columbus Boulevard, as they are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.

The fire is burning in the suburb of Wandina, south of Geraldton.Credit:Emergency WA

The fire, which started near the intersection of Verita Road and Columbus Boulevard just before 11.30 am on Saturday, is moving at 15 kilometres per hour in a south-westerly direction.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has warned the blaze is unpredictable and burning embers are likely to be blown around homes.

A number of roads, including Verita Road and Columbus Road, have been closed and motorists have been urged to avoid the area and to drive carefully due to smoke.

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.
  • If you are in an area subject to COVID-19 restrictions, put your bushfire plan into action now and continue to follow precautions to minimise the spread of the virus.

For more information visit the Emergency WA website, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter and Facebook and listen to ABC local radio, 6PR and other news bulletins.