Emergency warning for bushfire in WA park

An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire in WA's Leeuwin-Naturaliste national park.
An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire in WA's Leeuwin-Naturaliste national park.

An out-of-control bushfire in a national park in Western Australia's southwest is threatening lives and homes near the popular tourist town of Margaret River.

An emergency warning has been issued for the blaze in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park around the suburbs of Redgate and Witchcliffe.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which is moving in a westerly direction and has burnt through 100 hectares. Water bombers have also been dispatched.

"You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes," the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on Wednesday.

"The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire is escalating in heavy fuels."

Residents in the affected area are advised to close all doors and windows and leave now if the way is clear, or prepare to shelter in their homes.

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park has been closed, as have a number of nearby campsites and the popular Giants Cave in nearby Boranup.

An evacuation centre has been established at the Margaret River Recreation Centre.

Australian Associated Press