Three bushfires in Western Australia’s South West remain out of control as dry lightning creates havoc for firefighters.
A blaze near Donnybrook, more than 200km south of Perth, was the subject of an emergency bushfire warning on Tuesday night.
It was downgraded to a watch and act alert on Wednesday morning, but remains out of control, with a possible threat to lives and homes.
Two other fires nearby, in the Wellington and Preston National Parks, are also under watch and act alerts, with firefighters on the scene.
They’ll be backed up by aerial support throughout Wednesday.
The fires are all believed to have been sparked by lightning, after a summer storm cell moved over the region on Monday night, with more than 3000 lightning strikes recorded across WA in that time.
An evacuation centre has been set-up at Donnybrook Recreation Centre for affected residents.
Weather conditions on the fireground are set to be warm and dry over the next week, with mostly sunny tops in the low thirties forecast.
Smoke from the fires has made its way up to Perth, with some smoke haze hanging over the metro area expected to clear later on Wednesday.