Kirup fire: Bushfire in State’s South West posing threat to lives and homes, with residents urged to act

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Jackson BarrettSouth Western Times
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A fire near the South West town of Kirup is now posing a danger to lives and homes, with residents told they must “act immediately to survive”.

The blaze started on Ravenscliffe Road yesterday and is still moving in a north-westerly direction.

Authorities are urging residents bounded by Ravenscliffe Road to the south and the east and Upper Capel Road to the north to leave their homes if the way is clear as well as closing all doors and windows and turning off evaporative air conditioners.

Those that cannot leave must prepare to shelter inside their homes.

“Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape,” a Department of Fire and Emergency Service warning reads.

“Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.”

Residents who are not currently at home are being told not to return as conditions are too dangerous.

A bushfire watch and act is also in place for residents bounded by Cundinup-Kirup Road to the south, Ryall Road to the north and White Road to the west.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as the fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.

Those who are not prepared or plan to leave should do so now if the way is clear, while those who are well prepared and plan to stay and actively defend their properties should make their final preparations now.

Premier Mark McGowan praised the efforts of the State’s firefighters, 200 of which are currently battling a number of blazes across the State.

“Can I firstly thank the firefighters who have been dealing with fires both in Martin and Kirup in the South West,” he said.

“It has obviously been a very difficult period, I understand they have done a wonderful job and I would like to thank each and every one of them for their wonderful work”

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