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Residents in coastal parts of the Gascoyne are urged to be on high alert today as hot, dry and windy weather conditions pose a high risk of bushfire.

The Bureau of Meteorology upgraded the fire danger rating for coastal parts of the Shire of Carnarvon and the Shire of Shark Bay from very high to severe after weather conditions changed.

If a fire starts, it will be unpredictable, move very fast and be difficult for firefighters to bring under control, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Those living in or near bush are urged to read through their bushfire survival plan or decide what they would do if a fire started.

If they are not prepared to the highest level, they are urged to leave risk areas early to stay safe.

A bushfire advice has been issued for motorists on the Great Central Road in the Shire of Laverton.

An out-of-control fire, which was caused by lightening and is about 15,000ha in size, is burning on both sides of the road for about 20km about 65km east of Cosmo Newbery Mission.

There is no threat to lives or homes at this stage, but there is a lot of smoke in the area.

Another out-of-control fire, which is moving slowly north and is about 45,000ha in size, is burning in bushland about 80km south of Warburton in the Shire of Laverton after it started about 11am yesterday.

A bushfire advice has been issued for motorists on Connie Sue Road.

The fire is burning on both sides of the road, about 10km north of Parallel Road.

No roads are closed.

Motorists are urged to avoid the areas or be careful, turn their headlights on and drive slowly.

The West Australian

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