SW bushfire: Emergency warning issued in Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup as fire threatens lives and homes

Staff writersThe West Australian
VideoWater bombers have been called in to help battle a bushfire that is threatening lives and homes in the State’s South West, that has sparked an emergency warning. Footage: Steph Baumgartel

A bushfire emergency warning is in place for the central part of Southampton in the South West as a large blaze continues to threaten lives and homes.

The emergency warning was issued at 9.26pm tonight for people in an area bounded by the intersection of Cundinup-Kirup Road and Ferndale Road to the north, Wetherly Road to the east, Torreya Road to the south and Maidment Road to the west in the central part of Southampton in the Shires of Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup.

The upgraded warning states people are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes. The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as conditions are changing. Homes in the Wrights Bridge area and Ewarts Road area are under threat by fire now.

The fire started about 2.45pm near Radiata Road. The bushfire is moving fast in a north westerly direction and is is out of control and unpredictable.

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A bushfire watch and act been issued for people in an area bounded by Cundinup South Road, Gardiner Road, Maranup Ford Road, Barker Road in the northern part of Southampton.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing. You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

The following roads are closed, Nannup-Balingup Road between Brockman Bridge and Hay Road, and Southampton Road at Glenarden intersection.


Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation

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