Roelands, Brunswick watch and act warning

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
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Residents in Roelands and Brunswick have been told to leave or get ready to defend their homes with changing wind conditions affecting a bushfire in the area.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a watch and act warning for residents in the two centres, saying there is a possible threat to lives and homes.

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The fire, which started near the intersection of Waterloo and Government roads in Roelands, was reported about 11am today, with a cause yet to be determined.

More than 8ha has been burnt in the bushfire so far.

Picture: Susanna Maratea
Camera IconPicture: Susanna Maratea
Picture: Susanna Maratea
Camera IconPicture: Susanna Maratea

Firefighters are on the scene and aerial support has been sent to protect crews and homes.

DFES 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.

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