People living near a national park east of Perth have been told they are in danger and need to leave as a major fire burns nearby.

The suburbs affected by the emergency warning include Shady Hills Estate in Bullsbrook, northwestern parts of Gidgegannup and northeastern parts of the Walyunga National Park in the City of Swan.

“There is a threat to lives and homes,” the Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services said.

“People in the warning area are advised that they should seek alternative accommodation … due to expected unpredictable severe fire weather.”

Early on Tuesday morning the fire, which began in the national park, was relatively stationary.

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But strong easterly winds due to hit later in the day are likely to cause extreme fire behaviour.

“Winds in the area are expected to reach 80 kilometres an hour which can cause embers to travel well ahead of the fire front,” the department said.

A temporary evacuation centre has been set up at Altone Park, in Beechboro.

Meanwhile, a bushfire watch and act warning remains in place for southeastern parts of Bullsbrook and northwestern parts of the national park.

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Gold 104.3 Melbourne