Bushfire threatens lives in Eagle Bay, WA

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Stranded holidaymakers are set to be evacuated from the West Australian tourist hotspot of Eagle Bay as firefighters continue to battle an uncontrolled bushfire.

An emergency warning remains in place for parts of Eagle Bay, Naturaliste and Dunsborough in the city of Busselton.

The blaze has burned through about 220 hectares but it's believed no homes have been lost.

"We're expecting a wind change anytime now from the southeast which is going to put real pressure on the northern side of this fire," Department of Fire and Emergency Services incident controller Blake Moore told a community meeting in Busselton on Tuesday.

"At this point, we have no reports of any properties lost. We are still working to make the area safe and conduct a full assessment."

More than 150 firefighters are working to contain the blaze, which has left the Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay communities isolated.

Tourists are being urged to stay away as authorities prepare to help those stranded leave those areas.

Assisted evacuation convoys will leave the Eagle Bay community hall and Pullman Bunker Bay resort at 4pm on Tuesday.

"This is not a forced evacuation but rather an opportunity for those that wish to leave being able to safely leave the area with an escort," Mr Moore said.

Authorities have so far been unable to access the ignition point to determine whether the fire may have been deliberately lit.

People in the emergency warning area have been warned it is too late to leave without assistance.

"Leaving now would be deadly," the Emergency WA warning said.

"You need to shelter in your home in a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.

"You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you."

The blaze was first reported on Monday night with firefighters initially unable to access the scene.

Talkback caller Rob said he and his family had watched from the beach, having fled their Dunsborough holiday home after volunteers banged on their door to alert them to the blaze.

"It was quite spectacular actually, burning bright red and bursts of trees going up," he told Perth radio 6PR.

"We don't know if the house has survived or not. It certainly seemed to be pretty much in the direct path of it but the road's closed off and we can't get in."

Local winery Wise Wine and the nearby Meelup Farmhouse said on social media they had escaped unscathed despite the fire coming "really close" to their venues.

The Eagle Bay Brewing Co said it would remain closed on Tuesday and urged those in the area to stay safe.

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