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Bushfire threatens homes in Western Australia

Firetrucks in Western Australia. Source: AAP

An out-of-control and unpredictable bushfire is threatening lives in Kununurra in northern Western Australia with an emergency warning issued.

An out-of-control and unpredictable bushfire is threatening lives in the northern WA town of Kununurra with residents warned they need to act immediately to survive.

Residents bounded by the Victoria Highway to the north, Drovers Road to the southeast and Lily Creek Lagoon to the southwest have been issued with an emergency warning, by the emergency services department.

"You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes. It is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly. You need to shelter in your home and actively defend it," it reads.

Victoria Highway between Weaber Plain Road and Bull Run Road have been closed in the area.

"The bushfire is moving very fast in a westerly direction," according to the department.

The fire is "out-of-control and unpredictable" with burning embers likely to be blown around homes in its path.

There is also a watch and act warning in place for the eastern part of Kununurra - bounded by Weaber Plain Road, Victoria Highway and Stockman Road - with people still able to leave.

An evacuation centre has been set up at the Kununurra Leisure Centre.

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