Firefighters are urging people to remain vigilant to the threat of bushfires after crews battled multiple blazes through the night in parts of Western Australia.
Seven emergency-level blazes have destroyed homes and torn through bushland, rural properties and suburbs on Perth’s fringes in the past three days.
An advice alert was put in place for parts of Keysbrook, Nambeelup and North Dandalup on Saturday as crews expected high winds to increase the threat of fire in the area in the evening.
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Residents were told to remain vigilant and stay up to date with the latest warnings.
Parts of Callcup, Crowea and Meerup also remained on high alert amid a watch and act notice as crews worked to contain the fireground.
On Saturday, authorities confirmed two more homes had been lost while crews battled a fire at Keysbrook, south of Perth.
The two properties were believed to be empty at the time.
Multiple blazes across Western Australia have been testing firefighters. (HANDOUT/DFES) Credit: AAP
Department of Fire and Emergency Services incident controller Russell Wells said crews were rotated on Saturday to allow firefighters time to rest.
He said resources were bolstered for the evening.
Difficult terrain and homes spread out across a wide area were proving challenging for ground crews, with aerial assets used to spot fires and determine the best place to deploy resources.
Heatwave conditions in some parts of the state are waning, with the worst of the extreme heat now pushing into the Northern Territory.
But the weather bureau says there will still be severe heatwave warnings in place for WA for a while to come.
“Severe heatwave conditions over much of northern and central WA continuing into next week,” the bureau warned.
“Locations likely to be impacted include Kununurra, Marble Bar, Newman and Wyndham.”
High fire danger ratings have been forecast on Sunday for 38 districts across the state, the third highest classification.
The fire danger level is expected to rise to extreme in Brockman and Swan Inland North on Christmas Day.