Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Grass fires fanned by gale-force winds lashing SA and Greater Adelaide

Sunday October 29, 2017 - 18:53 EDT
ABC licensed image
The severe weather warning area includes the Greater Adelaide area. - ABC licensed

Grass fires ignited across South Australia after much of the state was issued with a severe weather warning and gale-force winds lashed parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast strong to gale-force winds averaging 50 to 65 kilometres per hour with gusts reaching up to 100 kilometres per hour at a number of locations, including Adelaide.

Firefighters have been kept busy tackling a number of grass fires, including at Mount Crawford, Ashville, One Tree Hill, Virginia and in the Riverland.

The CFS issued a Bushfire Emergency Warning for a .

The fire near Burra Gorge was this evening no longer being treated as an emergency, but crews were still trying to contain its spread.

Locations affected by the severe weather warning included Whyalla, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs, Clare, Murray Bridge, Keith, and Renmark,

The bureau earlier said a vigorous cold front would move across Eyre and Yorke peninsulas this morning, before reaching the state's south-east in the afternoon and evening.

By 11:00am, Snowtown in the state's Mid-North had already received wind gusts of 83 kilometres per hour, while Mount Crawford in the Adelaide Hills received gusts of 74kph.

Gusts up to 100kph hit Cape Willoughby on Kangaroo Island.

The strong winds prompted total fire bans for the north-west and north-east pastoral districts, eastern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, Mid-North, Mount Lofty Ranges, the Riverland and Murraylands.

The bureau said there was also the chance of a thunderstorm in Adelaide late Sunday evening and possible small hail.

The State Emergency Service advised people to move cars away from trees and secure loose items outdoors.


© ABC 2017

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Frosty start to Tuesday

17:18 EST

Cold air, clear skies and light winds will cause widespread frost across multiple states and territories on Tuesday morning.

Did this cold snap break records?

12:27 EST

A pulse of wintry weather has sent shivers across southeastern Australia during the last few days.

Could Ord Valley hay be the solution to feed shortages in drought-stricken SE Australia?

06:21 EST

Could fodder grown in Western Australia's remote Ord River Irrigation Scheme be the solution to the feed shortage on drought-stricken farmland in South Eastern Australia? The sub-tropical climate and access to irrigation allows farmers in the Ord to produce significant tonnages of Rhodes Grass hay for the local cattle industry, yields up to 30 tonnes per hectare a year.