More than 130 homes have been lost in the Australian town of Yarloop, south of Perth, due to raging wildfires.
The fire was started early Wednesday morning by a lightning strike, WA Today reported.
Local farmer Joe Angi, who stayed to defend his home, told ABC News a "tumbling wave of fire" destroyed Yarloop within about seven minutes.
Emergency warnings have been issued for the towns of Waroona and Harvey, while "watch and act" alerts are in place in other cities across the southwest.
Local politician Murray Cowper told the BBC the fire could mark "the end of the town" of Yarloop.
"You've got seasoned firefighters who've been around for many years saying they've never seen anything like it," Mr Cowper said. "A big fireball came through and there was no way they were going to stop it."
Hundreds of people have been evacuated and taken to local shelters.
In Yarloop, more than 100 people were removed by fire crews through a road convoy of 30 vehicles, which was deemed safer than an aerial evacuation, the ABC reported.
Rain from thunderstorms to the north of the bushfires could potentially ease the fires, although the threat of lightning strikes starting new fires remains a concern.
For updates, local residents should visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
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