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Cattle stations on fire alert

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Fire authorities are calling cattle stations and Aboriginal communities to ensure all are aware of several large fires burning in the West Kimberley.

The fires of most concern to authorities are burning on the Dampier Peninsula and about 90 kilometres south of Broome.

As of the last night, the fire south of Broome was burning both sides of the Great Northern Highway.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has cattle stations, caravan parks and bush communities on alert.

The department’s district officer, Matt Reimer, says it is hard to say which direction the fires will move in coming days.

“We’re just going to monitor the weather and all of the conditions and keep an eye on what’s going on,” he said.

“We’re talking to pastoralists and stations owners and people like that, just to make sure everyone’s aware to keep an eye on it.”

Motorists are being warned they may encounter smoke and fire crews on some roads.