A bushfire burning through the Margaret River region has been downgraded as firefighters get it under control.
The blaze, burning through Treeton, was first reported on Sunday afternoon at Crane Brake Road 11km east of Cowaramup.
DFES this morning released a photograph of firefighters battling the towering blaze which has so far torn through 90 hectares of land.
More than 100 firefighters have spent the day strengthening containment lines, said incident controller Peter Hartley, with aerial support also assisting.
“Firefighters are obviously strengthening containment lines and particularly looking at areas of concern which are near the creeks,” he said.
“Conditions are not going to be easy today. We’re expecting variable winds and gusts up to 50km/h.
“While we have downgraded it to a watch and act we have got triggers than should it beak the containment lines we’ll be back to an emergency alert warning.”
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 Sunday night as the fire amid heavy fuels and unfavourable weather conditions in the area. Temperatures reached a scorching 38.5C in the Margaret River region on Monday.
The fire is still burning in a south-westerly direction, and firefighters are on the scene battling the blaze.
The inferno is the second to hit the South West region, as a deliberately lit bushfire in the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park cleared more than 5500hectares earlier in the month.
The bushfire remained at an advice level, however firefighters remain at the scene as pockets of the blaze reignited on Monday.