UPDATED: A bushfire in Oakford has been downgraded after residents were earlier urged to evacuate when the blaze threatened lives and homes.
The emergency alert was lowered just before 4pm with people in an area bounded by Thomas, Kargotich, Abernethy, and Nicholson roads asked to stay alert and monitor their surroundings.
Around 50 hectares of land was burnt before the fire was contained and under control.
The blaze, which was previously moving in a north-easterly direction, was reported at 11.18am. It is not clear how it started.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services earlier warned that people in the area were in danger and needed to act immediately to survive, with the fire threatening lives and homes.
“Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly,” a DFES alert said. “If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
“Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
“Go to a room in your home away from the firefront and make sure you can easily escape.
“Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry. If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.”
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