At least one home has been badly damaged as firefighters tackle a bushfire in Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia.

A total of 50 volunteer firefighters and two fixed-wing waterbombers are fighting the blaze in the suburb of Pink Lake.

Shire president Malcolm Heasman has told the ABC one house on Spencer Road has been severely damaged while other properties have lost machinery.

"It's a pretty bleak sight looking out over the scrub here. It looks like a devastation zone," he said.

"We're standing in front of one at the moment which has fire damage in the roof but essentially the house is standing, so that's good news."

There is still a threat to lives and homes and authorities are urging anyone in the affected areas to either leave or get ready to defend their homes.

Pink Lake butcher Clint Heron says the smoke was overwhelming.

"Quite a thick black smoke by the time I got to work with the winds, with the winds picking up, so it sort of escalated," he said.

A bushfire emergency warning remains in place for people living in Dunkley Circuit, Barook Road, Eleven Mile Beach Road, Spencer Road, Keenan Road and Sanctuary Crescent in Pink Lake.

Crews have managed to stop the blaze from damaging other homes on Spencer Road but the Department of Fire and Emergency Services says the fire could still pose a threat if wind conditions change.

DFES's Allen Gale says residents have been urged to leave immediately.

"The main area we're concerned about now is that area immediately to the west of Pink Lake, particularly in that Spencer Road/Keenan Road area," he said.

Mr Heasman says the wind has now died down and he is hopeful the fire can be contained overnight.

"If it hadn't have been for the wind change, the [fire] would have come straight into [other] properties," he said.

"The guys fighting the fire are absolute heroes and I cannot emphasise enough how much emergency services have pulled together.

"We have two water bombers which came over from Albany and have been here for many hours now.

"It's been a very coordinated response on the ground."

A helitack has been sent from Perth to Esperance, 728 kilometres to the south-east of the capital city.

The threat from a second fire south of Pink Lake in Sinclair has been downgraded to a bushfire advice.

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