Bushfires threatening lives and homes in Mid West

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A BUSHFIRE has reportedly destroyed two homes and damaged two others in Geraldton in Western Australia’s Mid West region.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said he had been told about property loss at Utakarra but it was yet to be officially confirmed.

Mr Van Styn said he had not heard of any injuries.

Strong, hot winds would drive a separate blaze towards coastal Drummond Cove, north of Geraldton, if it was not contained, Mr Van Styn said.

An emergency warning remains in place for Drummond Cove, neighbouring Glenfield and Utakarra.

“These fires commenced in vacant properties next to residential areas and are very fast moving,” Mr Van Styn told AAP.

He said students who usually took buses home to those areas were being kept at school for the time being.

Roads have been closed and motorists are asked to avoid the areas.

For up-to-the-minute information on what to do, visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.