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Bushfires threaten lives north of Perth

Bushfires threaten lives north of Perth
The danger from a bushfire northeast of Perth has eased, but a second blaze to the west continues to threaten lives and property near Yanchep National Park.
An emergency alert for parts of Toodyay was downgraded to a "watch and act" warning last night.
However residents are still being advised to leave if they are not prepared to deal with the fire and the way is clear, with a possible threat to lives and homes.
The blaze at Yanchep National park is still a threat to people in surrounding areas with an emergency warning in place. (9News)
Meanwhile the Yanchep National Park fire continues to pose a danger to residents in surrounding areas.
They have been told by authorities to leave immediately if the path is clear or prepare to actively defend homes.
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has set up a temporary evacuation centre at Gumblossom Community Centre at 17 Tapping Way, Quinns Rocks.
The blaze has burned through 550 hectares, with the Yanchep National Park closed and firefighters on scene with aerial crews assisting.
Some 180 personnel are attending, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
A watch and act alert was earlier issued for a bushfire in the shire of Beverley in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region.
The fast-moving blaze is headed towards the town of Dale.
The blaze at Yanchep National park is still a threat to people in surrounding areas with an emergency warning in place. (9News)
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