Cattle have died in a massive fire in the Swan District of WA, prompting a state response that has put the entire state under a lockdown.
Key points:The Swan fire has caused the lockdown in the neighbouring state of QueenslandThe fire broke out around 7:30pm on TuesdayThe fire has destroyed about 20 properties in the areaThe fire is burning in the town of Sturgis and the fire is currently burning in a nearby forestThe Swan District is located about 150 kilometres from the border with Victoria and 150 kilometres south of Perth.ABC local affiliate WA Today reports that the fire broke the lockdown and started burning at about 7:00pm in the suburb of Strugis, with some people fearing the fire could spread quickly.
The station said a fire truck and two fire engines were sent to the scene and the lockdown was lifted at about 9:00am (AEDT).
The station says the fire has now burned around 20 properties and the evacuation orders have been lifted.
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