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Gidgegannup residents urged to leave now or defend homes

UPDATE 2PM:

The bushfire that threatened homes in Gidgegannup on Saturday has now been contained.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said aerial support helped control the fire that started near the intersection of North East Road.

Around 45 firefighters have been actively fighting the blaze since it started at 11.45am.

Nearby residents got the good news that the fire is now stationary on Saturday afternoon.

People in an area bound by the rail line to the north, Utah Road to the east, North East Road to the south and Copley-Dale Road to the west in the Gidgegannup are still urged to remain on alert should the fire flare again.

“There is a lot of smoke in the area,” a DFES spokesperson said. “Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.”

Earlier on Saturday those residents were warned to leave their homes or get ready to defend them as a bushfire raged nearby.

It is not yet known what sparked the blaze.

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