A bushfire has burnt nearly 250,000 hectares of bushland over two weeks in the East Kimberley, with no relief in sight for firefighters.

The blaze south of the Drysdale River, along Kalumburu Road between the Gibb River Road turn-off and the Drysdale River Homestead, has burnt since before 2pm on September 30.

The cause of the fire is unknown but not suspicious.

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In a statement, the Department of Fire and Emergency services said the fire is out of control and unpredictable.

Because of the large size of the fire, it has been burning in multiple directions taking out 240,000 hectares of bushland.

However, there is no threat to lives or homes and no roads were closed.

DFES firefighters have been back-burning and monitoring the situation with pastoralists, Wunggurr Rangers and a Kimberley Land Council ranger coordinator attending.

Motorists have been asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

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Drysdale River Station were contacted but declined to comment.

Another fire near the Eastern Mitchell Plateau travelling along Port Warrender Road has entered its fifth day, adjacent to the Kandiwal Community and near the entrance to the Mitchell River National Park.

The fire was caused by a lightning strike and has burnt 8000 hectares in and to the east of Mitchell River National Park since around 5pm last Thursday.

Firefighters are patrolling the area and monitoring the situation and there is no threat to lives or homes.

There have been 296 separate bushfires dealt with by DFES this year, with over half occurring in or around the Kununurra and Wyndham townsites.


Elise Van Aken

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