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Margaret River bushfire: Emergency alert issued for fire burning in Treeton, near Cowaramup

UPDATE 8.50PM: An out-of-control bushfire is threatening lives and homes north-east of Margaret River and people as far north as the Shire of Busselton are being ordered to evacuate.

Due to loss of light DFES has suspended aerial crews, which it says will return in the morning if needed.

EMERGENCY WARNING ZONE

A watch and act alert has been upgraded to an emergency warning for the blaze which started in the region of Treeton, 11km east of Cowaramup and about 25km from the tourist haven of Margaret River.

Those bounded by Osmington Road to the south, Bell and Stuart Road to the north, Jindong-Treeton Road to the west, and Great North Road to the east, in Treeton and Osmington are being told they need to act now to survive.

Firefighters and aerial crews are on the scene but the Department of Fire and Emergency Services warns the fire is not controlled or contained.

The alert level was upgraded as the fire amid heavy fuels and unfavourable weather conditions in the area. Temperatures reached a scorching 38.5C in the Margaret River region today.

The fire is still burning in a south-westerly direction, and firefighters are on the scene battling the blaze.

WATCH AND ACT WARNING ZONE

Parts of the Shire of Busselton have been placed under a watch and act alert and are being told to evacuate now if it is safe to do so.

Those bounded by Wirring Road to the west, Gale Road to the North, Mowen Road to the east, and Rosa Brook Road to the south are being told to leave now if they aren’t prepared to defend their home.

Those planning to stay and actively defend their homes should not rely on mains water as it may be affected.

Residents should start patrolling their property to put out any spot fires, according to DFES.

The fire is fast approaching and weather conditions are changing in the area.

The fire is fast approaching and weather conditions are changing in the area.

Several aerial support bombers are assisting crews on the ground to contain the blaze by dropping tones of water and flame retardant.

A large bomber has also been deployed to the area.

An evacuation centre is now open at the Margaret River Recreation Centre on Wallcliffe Road for those who have left their homes.

Register and reunite has been set up for families to let their loved ones know they are safe and out of danger.

Several road closures are in place for the area, and motorists are urged to avoid the area and drive with extreme caution.

The fire started on Cane Brake Road and was first reported at 3.08pm.

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