A bushfire that threatened lives and property in Western Australia's southwest has been downgraded to watch and act status.

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) says the fire north of Benger Swamp Nature Reserve, 11km southwest of Harvey, has been partially contained.

However, there is still a possible threat to homes and lives. A bushfire advisory remains in place for people in the vicinity of the blaze beyond an area bound by Hope Avenue and Treasure, Mitchell and Bernies roads.

There is a lot of smoke in the area and although there is no immediate danger, residents are being asked to remain vigilant.

There have been no property losses.

The bushfire, which has burnt 300 hectares, is moving west-northwest away from the South Western Highway.

DEC fire crews are in attendance with heavy earth moving machinery, two fixed-wing water bombers and a helicopter in use.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

 

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