UPDATE, 8.30pm: A large bushfire burning near Broome has been contained by firefighters.
The fire was contained about 8pm last night but not under control.
FESA advised residents north of Broome that although there was no immediate danger to lives or homes, they needed to remain alert and keep up to date.
Last night there was still a risk homes in the Coconut Well and 12 Mile may be affected if conditions changed.
The fire had burnt through more than 3100 hectares by 8pm.
The fire, which is contained but not controlled, is burning along Broome Highway past the Cape Leveque Road turnoff.
Part of the Great Northern Highway, near Cape Leveque Road and the Roebuck Roadhouse is now closed.
A dozen career and volunteer fire and rescue service, bush fire service and Department of Environment and Conservation firefighters are reinforced breaks and back burning yesterday. An aerial reconnaissance was also carried out to help prioritise firefighting efforts.
The fire is unlikely to threatened homes in the Broome township but there is a considerable amount of smoke in the area.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution when driving on smoke-choked roads in the area, and tourists are asked to stay clear of the area. No roads have been closed as a result of the fire or smoke.
The fire was reported to authorities about 2.20pm on Saturday.
The cause of the fire remains unknown. Anyone who may witness any suspicious behaviour is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Meanwhile a bushfire advice has been issued for 20 kilometres west of Madura Station in the Shire of Dundas.
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