Western Australia police have confirmed four people have been killed as bushfires burn out of control in Esperance.
WA Fire commissioner Wayne Gregson on Wednesday confirmed two men and two women had been killed while travelling in separate cars. There are also unconfirmed reports two more people have been killed.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today offered his condolences from Manila, where he is attending the APEC summit.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who've lost their loved ones in this is a very tragic event," he said.
WA Emergency Services Minister also spoke spoke of the deceased.
"It's a terrible tragedy and its a horrible way to start what's obviously going to be an incredibly challenging bushfire season," he told the ABC.
Three major bushfires are still burning in southern WA after being sparked by lightning around Perth.
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