Bushfire emergency: Warning for Balingup and homes threatened near Nannup, Bridgetown

| 20.02,19. 01:53 PM |

Bushfire emergency: Warning for Balingup and homes threatened near Nannup, Bridgetown

Photo: A bushfire watch and act alert has now been extended to Balingup. (ABC News)

An emergency warning remains in place for an out-of-control bushfire that is threatening lives and homes in an area popular with holidaymakers as it burns through a pine plantation in the Shires of Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup.

The fire, which was first reported on Tuesday afternoon, has burnt through 2,200 hectares in an area bounded by state forests that is home to farms and holiday accommodation.

The emergency warning applies to an area bounded by Cundinup-Kirup Road and Ferndale Road, Southampton Road, Barker Road and Cundinup-Dudinyillup Road in the central part of Southampton.

A watch and act warning is also current for people in an area bounded by Vasse Highway, Cundinup-Kirup Road, Upper Capel Road, Southwest Highway, Southampton Road and Stallard Road in the northern part of Southampton in the Shires of Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup.

This includes parts of the town of Balingup.

The number of firefighters battling the blaze has doubled to 180, with support from aerial tankers.

An evacuation centre has been set up at the Nannup Recreation Centre.

Machinery suspected to have sparked blaze

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) said it was investigating whether machinery started the fire.

"We believe that it may have been a machine that was operating in the plantation, but that's under investigation at the moment," spokesman Paul Roberts said.

He said the fire was being fanned by easterly winds of up to 30 kilometres per hour ahead of a forecast south-westerly change in the afternoon.

"We're still a little worried about the north-eastern side of the fire with those changing south-westerly winds," he said.

He said there was more private property on the north-eastern side, as well as a nature reserve.

"People should be actively monitoring their surroundings and enacting their bushfire survival plan," Mr Roberts said.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is warning residents that burning embers may be blown around homes.

It has burnt through 2,200 hectares since it was first reported at 2:42pm yesterday.

Resident 'confident'

Linda Morton-Sharp lives 1.5 kilometres from the fire on Nannup-Balingup Road and said she was staying to defend her 120-acre property.

"There's a lot of smoke, it's quite windy here. I can hear the bombers over just behind our house," she said.

"We've got pretty good resources. We've got fire units here, there's a couple of trucks that have come here already, we've got a lot of green grass around our house and our stables, retic in our paddocks so even if we lose power everything stays wet.

"We don't have neighbours, we have a lot of bush on one side that is a bit of a worry and we have winery on the other side where no one actually lives, so we're kind of the only ones here."

Ms Morton-Sharp said she was "confident we will be fine".

The fire started near Radiata Road in Southampton but the cause is not yet known.

A community meeting has been scheduled for 12:00pm today at the Nannup Recreation and Community Centre.

A number of roads are closed in the area, and authorities are urging motorists to reduce speed, and drive carefully due to smoke.

The Bibbulmun Track is also closed between Spring Valley Road and the Southampton Bridge, and the Blackwood Campsite and Wrights Bridge Recreation site are also shut.


(Votes: 0)

Other News

Man critical after train station attack Fears for two backpackers missing from NSW north coast beach Rent looms as key election issue as government attacks ‘big new housing tax’ This image shows likely wave heights on Friday approaches Queensland Ex-police officer avoids jail time after sharing explicit photos of arrested woman Sydney is expensive, but what people spend their money on might surprise you Ex-NSW policeman 'blackmailed victims into sex' 'Out of character': Man killed in home invasion was champion body builder Major parties hit by foreign government hackers in attack on Parliament servers Woolworths to stop selling $1 milk in win for dairy farmers Muslim association in Vienna provides food to homeless Federal Government probed over awarding of Manus Island security contracts to Paladin Group Intruder dies after home altercation with resident in Sydney's Harrington Park Police charge mother with attempted murder of teenage daughter over stabbing attack Truck driver arrested after B-double hits police vehicle in 70km chase through northern NSW Man allegedly eats drug stash while attempting to flee from police Nauru and Manus Island asylum seekers face fresh security and character assessments North Queensland rains trigger BOM special climate statement Darwin Council working with NT Police in wake of nine-year-old's death Asylum seekers in PNG hospital hope medevac bill will lead to a new life in Australia Tingha and Tabulam residents in shock after bushfires destroy 20 homes across NSW Senate President strips Parliament House pass from Pauline Hanson's chief of staff Boy dies in playground near Wanguri Primary School, NT Police investigating Motorcyclist dead after Leach Highway crash in Welshpool involving car wanted by police ?What's in tap water and is Tasmania's really the best in Australia Detention centre to reopen, PM says, as Senate passes medevac law Queensland man who buried wife's body 18 years ago found not guilty of her murder Senate passes controversial refugee evacuation bill, Scott Morrison says new laws 'weaken our borders' Townsville flood authorities confirm death from soil bacteria, several others in intensive care Structures at Jubullum Aboriginal community destroyed as bushfire emergency grips NSW