Lives and homes at risk with out of control bushfire near Donnybrook

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LIVES and homes are still at risk as an out of control bushfire continues to burn in the south-west.

Five sheds, a harvester and a vehicle have already been confirmed lost, and 3300ha of bushland burnt.

The fire has been burning since Tuesday afternoon, with residents told yesterday to evacuate or prepare to stay and fight.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has a bushfire emergency warning in place for parts of Southampton and Cundinup in the shires of Donnybrook, Balingup and Nannup.

A watch and act is also in place for parts of Balingup and Southampton with a possible threat to lives and homes as the fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

And an advice is in place for the townsites of Balingup, Kirup, Mullalyup, Greenbushes and Nannup.

There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area and residents must be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

DFES has advised the out of control fire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.

The Department of Education has also advised Balingup Primary School will be closed today.

About 200 firefighters are on the scene actively fighting the fire and building containment lines, with air support currently grounded because of the smoke.

A community meeting will be held at 1pm this afternoon at the Balingup Recreation Centre.