Two bushfires burn as South Australia swelters
The Country Fire Service (CFS) has issued an emergency warning for an out-of-control bushfire on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.
A second fire is also burning near Two Wells, north of Adelaide, as temperatures reach almost 40 degrees Celsius.
The Kangaroo Island fire is burning at Gosse, near Mount Taylor Road, about 23 kilometres south-west of Parndana.
The fire is moving in a south-easterly direction towards South Coast Road at Vivonne Bay.
The CFS is warning people to leave now if the path is safe and clear because it may be too dangerous to drive in the area soon, as conditions are changing.
It has burned through more than 540 hectares of land.
Seven fire trucks are fighting the fire and more crews are on the way from Adelaide.
The CFS said there was one large fire and two smaller fires.
“About 40 firefighters are currently working on the fireground, along with four fire bomber aircraft,” it said.
“Arrangements are currently being made to bring additional firefighting resources to the island… a large amount of smoke is visible, fire conditions may be erratic and emergency services will be present.
“Fire is spotting up to 500 metres in advance of the fire front.”
The fire burning near Two Wells is causing a large amount of smoke to drift onto Port Wakefield, Port Gawler, Gawler River and Baker roads.
The fire broke out in stubble just before 1:00pm and has damaged buildings and glasshouses at a property on Horseshoe Crescent.