Bushfire threatens lives in WA

Residents in the path of an uncontrolled bushfire in Western Australia's southwest have been urged to leave for a safer place as the blaze is a threat to lives and homes.

An emergency warning is in place for people in parts of Glen Mervyn, Mumballup and Noggerup in the shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.

"You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes," an alert from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services says..

The department urged residents to leave for a safer place if the way was clear or be ready to shelter in their homes.

It said the bushfire had been started by lightning and was not contained or controlled.

Surrounding areas are under watch and act or bushfire advice alerts.

Around 60 firefighters are tackling the blaze and an evacuation centre has been set up at the Donnybrook Recreation Centre.