A bushfire is burning in the Shire of Laverton on both sides of Great Central Road, about 65kms east of Cosmo Newbery Mission.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued an alert for neighbouring landholders and people travelling on the road.

The blaze is burning for about 20km and is creating a lot of smoke in the area.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and watch for emergency services personnel.

The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning.

The West Australian

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