Bushfire emergency warnings issued in Australian state

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Sydney, Feb 2

The emergency department in Western Australia (WA) has issued warnings of two separate bushfires in the state's southwest and the capital Perth.

The blaze in Perth started in the suburb of Canning Mills and it has burned at least 96 hectares of land so far, Xinhua news agency reported.

The bushfire in WA's southwest town Kirup is also at emergency warning level, which is moving "slowly" in a northwestern direction.

The state's Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said the bushfire warnings were initially issued on Tuesday, and more than 200 people were on-site battling the blaze.

The two fires are currently stationary compared to the beginning, but the warnings remained in place due to the wind intensity.

"The wind intensity has increased overnight and put pressure on containment lines," the DFES said.

"It is (still) not contained or controlled. There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing."

The DFES advised people to leave now for a safer place, otherwise, they should seek shelter in their homes and keep water running through the indoor settings if possible.

"Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry," the DFES warned.
 

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