Dozens of homes destroyed in Australian bushfires

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Strong winds were adding to the woes of firefighters as they try to battle the flames about 40 kilometres from the capital of Western Australia state.

Local media reported more than 200 firefighters were working to control the fires over the last 48 hours.

Authorities warned residents that despite the five-day COVID-19 lockdown in Perth, if they do not feel safe they must evacuate their homes and head to the closest evacuation centre.