Firefighters stand on scorched ground after a grass fire at Parafield Gardens (ABC News: Clare Campbell)
Emergency services have battled multiple fires across South Australia, with successive days of strong winds and high temperatures taking their toll.
In Adelaide, the Metropolitan Fire Service saved 10 houses from a grass fire in Parafield Gardens, with the blaze claiming two sheds.
The damage bill is estimated at $100,000, with all 10 properties suffering damage. In one house, embers entered the roof space before being extinguished.
A spokeswoman for electricity transmission provider ElectraNet, said the fire caused a major power transmission line from the state’s Torrens Island Power Station to “flash over”, causing a dip in voltage and flickering lights across the city.
“There has been no outage or impact to customers,” she said.
“The network remains safe and secure.”
Dust and smoke blankets Adelaide
Dust and smoke has blanketed the city, bringing to an end four unseasonably hot April days with strong winds.
Emergency services battled multiple fires across rural and metropolitan Adelaide, with warnings for commuters to take care while driving through dust and smoky conditions.
The Metropolitan Fire Service said the triple-0 emergency phone line was being inundated with reports of smoke around metropolitan Adelaide, and urged residents not to call unless they had a specific incident to report.
A Country Fire Service spokesman said their primary concern was the fire at Buckland Park north of Adelaide, where a mulch fire will be burning for days.
“We are unsure of the cause,” he said.
“There is a small chance it could become a grass fire as a result of the wind.
“We have 100 volunteers there so that’s quite significant number for that type of fire.”
Police said they were investigating a grass fire at Mount Osmond near the South Eastern Freeway, believed to have been deliberately lit around 4:00pm on Wednesday.
A combined total of 13 MFS and CFS appliances attended and were able to quickly bring the fire under control.
The strong winds caused dust storms across the Fleurieu Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland and Mid North, with satellite imagery showing dust over Spencer Gulf and Investigator Strait.
Temperatures reached 38 degrees Celsius in the north-eastern suburbs today, with the mercury in the city reaching 36.1C.
Cool change coming
The record-breaking April heatwave is due to end tonight, with a drop in temperature expected in the late evening
Several places in the state set new temperature records this week, including Nullarbor which had a top of 42.2C on Monday — the hottest April temperature ever recorded in South Australia.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Brett Gage said a jet stream would push into South Australia from Kangaroo Island on Thursday morning, bringing strong winds and a “vigorous cold front” on Friday.
Showers would continue through the weekend, he said.
“There is a strong wind warning for metropolitan waters, with winds reaching 20 to 30 knots,” Mr Gage said.
“We expect that by midnight Sunday around 10 to 20mm of rain will have fallen in metropolitan Adelaide and 20 to 40mm in the Adelaide Hills.”