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Jan 03, 2015

The warnings will be extended to the north central district on Saturday, including Mildura, Swan Hill and Horsham which can expect highs of 43C and winds up to 40km/h.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said potentially dangerous wind changes would hit the state on Saturday morning.

“Traditionally, we have seen more loss of life, loss of property after the wind change,” Mr Lapsley said.

The fire scenario is actually the most severe that we have had for this summer season, and it’s only the start.

Total fire bans have been declared in eight of the state’s nine districts.

 

The warning comes as catastrophic fire conditions across South Australia and Western Australia have also put authorities on high alert.

A bushfire at Humbug Scrub in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges is burning out of control and threatening lives. The Sampson Flat scrub fire at Humbug Scrub, near Kersbrook Road, is travelling southeast towards the Kersbrook township, Bagshaw Road, South Para Road and Scott Street. There is a risk to lives and homes, the Country Fire Service says. Residents should only leave if there is a clear path to a safe place. Homes that are actively defended and well-prepared may provide safety, the CFS says. “The Sampson Flat fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Airstrip Road and Kersbrook Road,” the CFS wrote on its Facebook page.

The CFS also said a westerly wind change is expected to hit Tantanoola at any time, which could drive the fire towards Glencose. There are 10 trucks, 8 Forestry SA, 8 bulk water carriers, 3 firebombing aircraft and 3 observation aircraft on scene, ABC Emergency reports. The fire was initially travelling in an easterly direction towards Kersbrook and about 2ha had been burnt by 1.30pm.

The CFS in South Australia has also declared total fire bans in 14 of that state’s 15 fire districts, with Mount Lofty Ranges and Lower South East districts considered catastrophic. Temperatures have soared to 43.1C with winds of up to 31km/h in Adelaide – more than 12C above the January average – and 45.8C with winds of up to 65km/h on the West Coast. The CFS issued a watch-and-act message about 12pm for an uncontrolled bushfire in the southern Mt Lofty Ranges. The service also issued warnings for fires at Murray Bridge East, near Karoonda Rd and Murray Drive, and another at Kepa Rd, Kepa, east of Murray Bridge. CFS assistant chief officer Rob Sandford urged all of the state to be prepared to ensure all “communities are safe”. He said the service’s aerial firefighting fleet was ready.

“We have our full compliment of aerial firefighting fleet online now (and) all our brigades, groups and regions along with partner agencies are as prepared as we can be,” Mr Sandford said. Crews have also been called to grass fires on Tapleys Hill Rd, near Adelaide Airport, and the Sturt Hwy, at Nurioopta in the Barossa Valley. No warnings were issued in relation to the airport and Barossa Valley fires.

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