Four people confirmed dead in WA bushfires

Four people have died in bushfires that are burning out of control near Esperance in Western Australia.

WA Police on Wednesday confirmed all four died in the North Cascade fire, 60km north of Esperance.

There are four fires burning in the region, but the two most serious are at Grass Patch and Salmon Gums, 100 kilometres north of Esperance and at Stockyard Creek, 25 kilometres east of the town.


Crews are on the scene flighting the blaze but have not been able to stop fires burning out of control.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said all available resources in the town were fighting both blazes.

Authorities have advised residents of Grass Patch, Salmon Gums and surrounding areas in the Shire of Esperance that there is an immediate threat to lives and homes.

A bushfire emergency warning also remains for people in the the Stockyard Creek and Mullet Lakes areas, with the fire contained but not controlled.

A watch and act for Thomas River-Poison Creek area of Cape Arid National Park is in place because of a fire which has pushed through the park onto private property.

Primary schools at Scaddan, Grass Patch and Salmon Gums will be closed on Wednesday.