LIVES and homes were under threat from a bushfire burning in Gingin in Western Australia on Friday night.
A bushfire emergency warning was issued for people in the eastern part of Guilderton and properties near the Moore River in Gingin.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife said homes may be under threat after the behaviour of the fire "escalated".
Crews said the fire was moving in a west-north-westerly direction and described the out-of-control blaze as "unpredictable".
Those in the area are instructed to leave for a safer place immediately if possible.
There have been bushfires burning in four states across Australia: Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.
In Victoria, residents who evacuated their homes in Kennett River, Wongarra, Grey River and Sugarloaf, on the famous Great Ocean Road were able to return home sooner than expected when the alert level for the Lorne bushfire was downgraded.
Authorities hope parts of the Great Ocean Road that were closed will be reopened within days.
In South Australia, six buildings were destroyed by a bushfire at Mosquito Hill before it was contained.
A bushfire that threat-ened towns south of Perth in Western Australia yesterday was later downgraded.
The bushfire was burning in the Secret Harbour area and residents in surrounding towns were advised to leave.
They were given the all-clear yesterday after it had burnt about 10ha and authorities said the bushfire had been extinguished.