Residents warned to act as fire rages east of Perth

Australian Associated Press
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A bushfire threatening lives in Perth's eastern foothills has been contained but an emergency warning remains in place for another blaze in the Wheatbelt region.

The emergency alert is in place for parts of Daliak in the Shire of York, about 96km east of Perth.

Residents are warned they are in danger and need to act immediately to survive, with homes in Ashworth Road under threat.

homes in High Wycombe come close to burning
Residents in High Wycombe were forced to defend their homes from a fast moving bushfire. Source: 9News

The uncontrolled blaze is moving fast in a northwesterly direction and parts of Great Southern Highway have been closed.

Affected residents should leave now if there is a clear path or prepare to actively defend their home, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on Friday.

Those who remain should close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

Firefighters battling a major bushfire north of Perth on January 8
Firefighters battling a major bushfire north of Perth for several days with the flames coming within one kilometre of a housing estate a week ago. Source: AP

Firefighters have contained a separate blaze in High Wycombe and Hazelmere, near the Perth Hills.

An emergency warning has been downgraded to an advice message, with motorists asked to reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

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