Firefighters are working through the night to contain a bushfire that is threatening properties north-east of Perth.

An emergency warning remains in place for Shady Hills in Bullsbrook and the west of Walyunga National Park, between Stock Road and Walyunga Road.

Homes in the area are still under threat.

Earlier in the evening, residents were told to evacuate or actively defend their properties.

The bushfire has so far burned more than 1,000 hectares and about 200 firefighters are battling the blaze.

It is moving in a westerly direction towards the Great Northern Highway.

Alan Riley from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) says overnight weather conditions should work in their favour.

"The wind conditions are going to become more favourable to us as the night goes on, but they will be picking up again in the early hours of tomorrow morning," he said.

It is believed the blaze in Shady Hills, along with several smaller fires, were started by sparks from a train.

Earlier, DFES spokesman Allen Gale said firefighters had managed to save several homes at Bullsbrook.

"There have been quite a number of properties out there that have been threatened by fire directly," he said.

"I'm not aware of any direct losses at this stage in the way of homes.

"I am aware of a shed lost earlier today in another fire down in Middle Swan, but fingers crossed at this point we haven't seen any homes lost."

A relocation point has been set up at Bullsbrook Recreation Centre.

Emergency services began receiving calls about a fire on Railway Parade in Middle Swan earlier today.

When they arrived at the scene they found several fires along the railway line.

The Great Northern Highway is closed northbound from the Reid/Roe Highway intersection to West Swan Road, and Middle Swan Road is closed from Reid Highway to the Great Northern Highway.

The Walyunga National Park has been evacuated with several fires burning in the area.

The Department of Environment and Conservation has advised that smoke is likely to be highly visible across the Perth metropolitan area overnight because of the fires in the City of Swan.

Smoke may reduce visibility on some roads.

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