Emergency warning as fire rages in southern Western Australia

Two emergency bushfire warnings are now in place for residents in Western Australia’s south west region.

People in parts of Shadforth and William Bay in the Shire of Denmark, and in Hester Brook and Bridgetown in the Shire of Bridgetown, have been warned to leave their homes in order to survive the bushfire in the area.

“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes,” the warning from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said.

The fire is burning out of control in the Shire of Denmark.
The fire is burning out of control in the Shire of Denmark. (Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA)

“If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.

“Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.”

Residents have been told if they cannot leave, they should shelter in their home.

“Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape,” the warning said.

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

“If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.”

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The warning has been issued to people bounded by Boat Harbour Road and Board Road to the west, Scotsdale Road to the north, Walter Road and Turner Road to the east, and the coastline to the south.

Firefighters are actively battling the blaze.

Blistering conditions are hampering firefighting efforts across the state, with Perth on track to hit 39C today.

Albany is forecast to hit 41C, and Geraldton has hit its forecast peak of 38C.

Cooler weather is forecast tomorrow in much of the state, with hopes of some rain.

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