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About 75 firefighters battled to save homes from flames last night as a bushfire ripped through Chidlow.

SkyNews reported several sheds and fences had been destroyed overnight.

At least a dozen people fled their homes as the blaze raged through 30 hectares of bushland.

Firefighters battled hot conditions as flames came within metres of houses on Thornwick Crescent.

Residents gathered outside the Chidlow fire station and at a local community hall watching as the fire's glow lit gathering storm clouds.

It took firefighters just under two hours to get the blaze under control, Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Rik Mills said.

Four sheds were destroyed at properties on Thornwick Crescent, but no homes were damaged, Mr Mills said.

The hot dry conditions and curing of the grass contributed to the rate of spread of the fire, he said.

Western Power was called to cut power to the area after a consumer power line went down.

A resident on Thornwick Crescent, who asked not to be named, said he had been cooking dinner when he looked up and saw flames.

His property has rainwater tanks and is behind a fire break, so he made the decision to stay and defend but he was worried, he said.

"You can only prepare so much, we've got a fire break in but everything is that dry at the moment and a spark can jump 20ft," he said.

"You can get it in a big tree and it just goes."

An elderly lady was evacuated from her home on Thornwick Crescent after flames engulfed two sheds on her property.

A fire fighter, who asked not to be named, said they had managed to save her home through "good old fashioned firefighting".

"There were power lines down so it was basically old fashioned fire-fighting. It was an active fire so we just used a rake and knapsack," he said.

A fire investigation officer will today examine the cause of the blaze.

The West Australian

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