Watch and act for fire in Ferguson

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Firefighters are fighting an out of control fire in Ferguson.
Camera IconFirefighters are fighting an out of control fire in Ferguson. Credit: Firefighters are fighting an out of control fire in Ferguson.

UPDATE

Department of Fire and Emergency Services has downgraded the alert level of a bushfire for Ferguson in the Shire of Dardanup.

The fire is now under control with the wind not expected to change, but there is still smoke in the area.

DFES says while there is no immediate danger, people need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services has this morning issued a bushfire watch and act alert for Ferguson in the Shire of Dardanup.

Firefighters are on the scene and aerial support has been sent to help ground crews.

The alert has been issued for people bounded by Carlaminda and Richards roads in the western part of Ferguson and asks homeowners to leave or get ready to actively defend.

EARLIER

DFES says the fire is moving fast and is out of control and unpredictable.

The department’s tips include:

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 are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

Motorists have also been asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

The fire was reported at 10.40am near Ferguson Road, with a cause yet to be determined.

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