A Bushfire in Wellesley near Leschenault that started due to lightning is now contained

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Kasper JohansenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Residents were told to evacuate due to a life threatening bushfire in Wellesley near Leschenault, but large numbers of firefighting crews have now managed to contain the blaze.

Firefighters and emergency services have reduced the potential for property loss after a major bushfire burned through Wellesley Road and Bernbrooke Place just five minutes outside of Leschenault this morning.

Reported at 1:59am on Saturday morning — spreading in a southerly direction — the fire is believed to have started after lightning struck a power line between Bernbrooke Place and Wellington Road.

The bushfire was labelled a threat to lives and homes, however after a number of firefighting crews attended the scene it has now been contained with DFES estimating it will be under control within 2 hours.

Residents were told to evacuate in a westerly direction immediately as the bushfire spreads south, firefighters are currently at the scene along with aerial support.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services warned residents who could not leave to prepare to shelter in their homes, got to a room away from the fire front that is easy to escape from and to choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.

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