Homes threatened: Fire crews battling bushfire near Karloo

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Firefighters at work in trying conditions at Karloo.
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2:30pm Update:

Authorities say the alert level for this fire has now been downgraded and there is no longer a threat to homes or lives.

However, smoke activity in the area has increased due to back burning activities.

Abraham Road remains closed to members of the public with an exception for locals.

1:15pm:

Firefighters are responding to an out of control bushfire in Karloo that authorities say poses a threat to homes and lives.

The fire, which started in bushland near Solomon Circle, was reported at 10.58am today.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a watch and act advice, saying the fire poses a risk to lives and homes in the area.

Police have closed roads into the area as fire crews working from eight trucks work to control the fire, which is reported to have burnt an area of about two hectares.

A department spokeswoman said the cause of the fire was not known and there was nothing to suggest it was suspicious.

In cases of arson, there is a $25,000 reward for information leading to conviction.

A smoke hazard alert has been issued for residents in or near Solomon Circle.

The City of Greater Geraldton says if you have a respiratory condition or are affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

For latest information on the fire and warnings, visit the Emergency WA website.

Earlier today, fire crews put out a fire on a property in Sutcliffe Road, Moresby, where a pile of tree stumps caught alight.

A DFES spokeswoman said the fire was accidentally caused.

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