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More than 50 firefighters were called to battle a blaze that caused havoc in the Shire of Murray on Wednesday evening.
About 5.50pm, a fire ignited near the Pinjarra and Phillips Road intersection.
Within an hour the blaze burnt more than two and a half hectares, forced closure of several roads and prompted the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to issue a Bushfire Advice warning.
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Police and Main Roads closed Pinjarra Road between Phillips and Moores Road for safety concerns.
It’s understood a large power pole exploded during the blaze.
Western Power cut power to homes in the area to make it safe for firefighters.
By 7.30pm, the bushfire was contained but not controlled and no longer posed a threat to lives or homes as authorities first thought.
Although there’s no immediate danger, DFES has advised people to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
Particular concern has been expressed for people in the vicinity of Pinjarra Road, between Sutton Street, Moores Road, and Phillips Road.
Authorities advised that there was significant smoke in the area and urged motorists to avoid the immediate vicinity and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
The cause of the fire is unknown and will continue to be investigated by authorities.
The fire has since been given the all clear but the DFES.
Firefighters are mopping up and will be patrolling the area tonight and tomorrow morning.
The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
Pinjarra Road is now open
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.
It was the second fire in the area on Wednesday night.
Another bushfire started just minutes before in Ravenswood but has since been extinguished.
Road information is available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
Keep up to date via the Emergency WA website at www.emergency.wa.gov.au
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