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

Sunday October 29, 2017 - 18:53 EDT
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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.


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