Out of control blaze near Kirup prompts watch and act alert

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Jackson BarrettSouth Western Times
DFES issued a watch and act alert for an out of control bushfire near Kirup on Tuesday afternoon.
Camera IconDFES issued a watch and act alert for an out of control bushfire near Kirup on Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Supplied

An out of control bushfire near the South West town of Kirup could pose a threat to lives and homes as the Department of Fire and Emergency Services urges people who plan to leave their homes to do so now.

The blaze started on Ravenscliff Road near Kirup and is “moving fast” in a north westerly direction.

DFES have issued a watch and act alert, with anyone who is not prepared to stay and defend their homes, or plans to leave, told to do so if the way is clear.

Firefighters are on the scene and actively fighting the fire and aerial support is on its way.

Those who plan to stay and defend should not rely on mains water as pressure may be affected and must have access to an independent water supply.

Doors and windows should be closed and evaporative air-conditioners switched off but with water running through the system if possible.

Anyone in the area who is not at home should not try to return as conditions could be “very dangerous” and drivers are being urged to take extra caution, turn headlights on and drive slowly — but no roads have been closed.

Anyone who has been asked to isolate due to COVID-19 but have been advised to leave the area should find suitable alternative premises to isolate in and wear a mask.

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