UPDATE: 6.10pm Bremer Bay residents are being urged to leave town as firefighters battle to contain a bushfire 3km north of the south coastal town.
The fire is not fully contained or controlled and there is a threat to lives and homes as conditions change.
A wind change tomorrow is expected to put pressure on containment lines and elderly people in the area have been asked to leave as a precaution, a Department of Environment and Conservation spokesman said.
The Department of Environment and Conservation has now issued a watch-and-act for people in area.
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Point Henry and Bremer Bay residents are being advised to leave town as soon as possible.
Earlier today, elderly residents in the town of 300 people had been asked to leave with forecast winds expected to push the blaze south today and tomorrow.
The fire was started by lightning on Thursday and has burned more than 11,000ha between Bremer Bay and Quaalup.
The Bremer Bay Primary School has been closed.
Overnight about 130 people from local bushfire brigades, volunteer emergency service, WA Police, Forest Products Commission and DEC battled the blaze. Five aircraft are also fighting the fire.
Incident Greg Mair said there was a large fuel load between the fire and the town.
"There's quite extensive areas of bush and scrub land, as well as farmers' paddocks, between the fire and the community," he said. "And, the community itself does have quite a bit of bush in and around it."
The fire has entered the Fitzgerald River National Park and crossed the Bremer River and Gordon Inlet Road as well as parts of Doubtful Islands Road.People camping along Doubtful Islands Road and Gordon Inlet Road have been asked to leave the area and visitors with travel plans to Bremer Bay are encouraged to make alternative arrangements.Homeowners in the Shire of Jerramungup are encouraged to monitor their surroundings, close doors and windows and read through their bushfire survival plans.A number of roads in the area have been closed and are expected to stay closed until the end of the week.
Deputy director general schools David Axworthy said he expected the primary school to be closed until at least Wednesday and would only re-open when it was safe to do so.“We must protect students and staff from fire and that is why we are closing the school,” he said.Bremer Bay General Store owner Danae Witherow said a lot of people had already left town and were heading for Albany or Boxwood Hill.People can relocate at the Boxwood Hill Sports Club. As a last resort people can relocate to the Bremer Bay Sports Club until the fire weather conditions have eased. Residents may be able to return home tonight if conditions ease before relocating again tomorrow morning. Strong north-westerly winds are forecast early tomorrow morning so people returning overnight or relocating should leave early.“The fire is only an hour away and it is not contained and it is not controlled,” she said. “If they can’t control the southern boundary then it could hit town.“I’ve got to leave today because I have got a small baby. Yesterday they told all the mums, the elderly and the sick to leave but a lot of people are leaving anyway because it’s not worth it.”Bremer Bay Community Resource Centre manager Lorraine Treeby told ABC Radio that residents were coping well."Most locals will be looking out their back door and seeing the big smoke cloud,” she said. “"Some of the firefighters have been doing burning off, so one minute there's no smoke and the next minute there's big puffs of smoke. “You'd definitely notice there's a fire 3km out of town."
Closer to Perth, firefighters are battling a blaze 15km south of Gingin, which caused part of Brand Highway to be closed.The fire started 1km south of the intersection of Brand Highway and Airfield Road and is now slowly moving west.Thirty volunteer fire service and bush fire service firefighters are on the scene and two fixed wing water bombers are assisting ground crews.Brand Highway was been closed between Airfield Road, Gingin and Energy Place, Muchea. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a warning at 1.20pm, advising motorists to avoid the area due to heavy smoke.The cause of the fire is not known.A fire warning has been issued for a blaze near the southern end of Pinjar Park, in Neerabup.
The fire, that was reported at 3.24pm, started near the intersection of Trandos Road and Old Yanchep Road.
The bushfire is no longer moving and is contained and under control. No road are closed. Further north, a bushfire advice was issued for people in the Moresby Range area, 20km north of Geraldton in the State’s Mid West region.The fire is burning in the proposed Moresby Range Conservation Reserve south of Wells Road and north of White Peak Road east of the North West Coastal Highway.There is no threat to lives or homes but residents need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation worsens.