Augusta residents are on alert this morning as a suspicious bushfire burns towards the town.

The fire started north of the Augusta airstrip and was reported about 1am.

It has burned 6ha of bush and is moving north-east at 100 metres per hour.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has warned the blaze is out of control and unpredictable and jumped containment lines at the Rails to Trails Reserve track but is currently being held at Air Strip Road.

This morning the blaze is being battled by 25 firefighters, who are using a front end loader to establish and strengthen containment lines.

Water bombers are on standby for use at first light if required.

A bushfire advice warning has been issued for people in the southern part of Augusta but there is currently no threat to lives or homes.

No roads are closed but motorists are advised to avoid the area.

People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The West Australian

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