“Homes in the Wandoo Circle Subdivision are under threat by fire now.”
The warning is active for residents bounded by Sandplain Road, Harvester Drive and Folewood Road, including the Wandoo Circle subdivision, in southern parts of Toodyay on Wednesday afternoon.
DFES warned residents in that area they were in danger and needed to act immediately to survive.
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.
The fire is being managed by DFES and crews from Northam, East and West Gidge, Parkerville and Mundaring are assisting at the blaze.
Water tankers and aerial support are also on scene, and the control point is on Toodyay Road near Salt Valley Road.
Winds in the metropolitan area are fluctuating between 25 to 40 km/hr, and a watch and act alert is also active for those nearby, bounded by Harvester Drive, Sandplain Road, Adenanthus Road and Harvester Drive and in an area bounded by Toodyay Road, Salt Valley Road and Stahan Road.
Residents in this alert area have been asked to leave in a northerly direction on Sandplain Road.
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.
Toodyay Road between Salt Valley Road and Lovers Lane, Clackline-Toodyay Road and Toodyay Road, and Toodyay Road and Sandplain Road are closed, and DFES warned others may be closed and motorists were asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.
Those on the watch and act alert have been asked to leave in a northerly direction on Sandplain Road.
A relocation hall is open at Toodyay Memorial Hall, 117 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay.
A second bushfire burning also burning about 70km away is also on an advice alert.
It was downgraded from a watch and act just after 7pm after starting two hours earlier near the intersection of Dawson Avenue and Hicks Street in Forrestfield.
It is burning towards Roe Highway in slow northerly direction.
“There is a lot of smoke in the area,” the alert said.
“Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.”
The alert has been issued for people in an area bounded by Dawson Avenue, Berkshire Road, Roe Highway and Bougainvillea Avenue in Forrestfield.
Parts of Dawson Avenue from Hicks Street to Bertona Way, and Hicks Street from Dawson Avenue to Cypress Road have been closed.
Motorists have again been asked to avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.
DFES is also managing the blaze.
Hannah Barry is a journalist for WAtoday.
Hamish Hastie is WAtoday’s business reporter.