A bushfire is approaching the town of Ranford and the Golden Hills Estate near Boddington in Western Australia’s Peel region.
A “watch and act” warning for the area was issued by the state’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services at 3.10pm.
The warning includes Mitchell Crescent, Sherry Close and Littleton Rise.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as the fire is out of control and unpredictable.
The blaze is moving fast in a north easterly direction and spot fires are starting ahead of the main fire.
Residents have been warned that it isn’t safe to stay and defend their homes, so they should leave now if the way is clear.
People who aren’t at home are warned against trying to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
Motorists should avoid the area.
Fire crews are on the scene and are being assisted by aerial support.
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