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Emergency warning issued for bushfire threatening lives and homes in High Wycombe

Abushfire in the north-eastern part of High Wycombe is threatening lives and homes this afternoon.

An emergency warning is in place for people in the vicinity of Norwich Way and Lambertia Crescent after a fire started near the intersection just after 11.30am.

DFES says if the way is clear, residents should leave now for a safer place.

An aerial view of the fire ground.
Camera IconAn aerial view of the fire ground. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS

“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes,” DFES said in a statement.

“If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.”

Fire crews are in a desperate bid to contain the flames.
Camera IconFire crews are in a desperate bid to contain the flames. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS

Some roads may be closed and motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce their speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

Residents watch on as helitacs and DFES fight an emergency bushfire in High Wycombe.
Camera IconResidents watch on as helitacs and DFES fight an emergency bushfire in High Wycombe. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna/The West Australian

Despite the DFES warning, many residents have decided to stay and watch the blaze at Hawkesvale Reserve

About four hectares of bushland has burned so far with about 75 firefighters and 30 fire trucks trying to contain the bushfire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Torbjorg Jenssen, 80, has lived on Buttercup Crescent for more than 18 years and said this is the third time there has been a bushfire on her doorstep.

“I can’t panic because it happens,” she said.

“I think it’s terrible but the firefighters are doing great job.”

Mrs Jenssen was alerted to the fire about an hour and half ago by a neighbour but has decided to stay at her property.

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