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WA fire ‘controlled’ but not ‘contained’

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Firefighters have controlled but not contained a bushfire burning near homes northeast of Perth.

The emergency warning has been downgraded to a watch-and-act alert for people four kilometres east of Toodyay and 85 kilometres east of Perth.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) says the fire is burning on both sides of Goomalling-Toodyay Road, near the Wicklow and Dumbarton estates.

“There is a possible threat to lives and homes as conditions are changing,” the DFES said.

“You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.”

About 170 career and volunteer firefighters from the Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service are fighting the fire, which was reported at 9.18am (WST) on Sunday and has burned about 100 hectares

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services says homes in the Wicklow and Dumbarton estates are under threat.

The fire is burning on both sides of Goomalling Toodyay Road about four kilometres east of Toodyay.

Those who plan to stay and defend their properties are being told to not rely on mains water pressure which may be affected.

The department says people should be patrolling their properties now and checking for spot fires.