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Two bushfires burn as South Australia swelters

Thursday December 6, 2018 - 19:51 EDT
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Smoke from a fire burning near Parndana on Kangaroo Island. - ABC licensed

The Country Fire Service (CFS) has downgraded 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.

Just before 7:00pm, the CFS downgraded its warning to "watch and act" after issuing an emergency warning earlier in the afternoon.

The fire is moving in a southerly direction towards South Coast Road near Harriet and Stockdale roads in Vivonne Bay.

It has burned through about 600 hectares of land, including a blue gum plantation, and is generating lots of smoke.

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."

Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly said fire was visible from just outside Kingscote.

"It was puffing up pretty well, it still is, and as the day gets longer and gets closer towards nightfall they just have to deal with it and try to contain it as much as they can before then," he said.

CFS spokesman Brett Williamson said if there was a wind change tomorrow afternoon, it could push the fire further towards Vivonne Bay.

"But then sometime tomorrow afternoon there is an expected change which will push through and which will give us a south-westerly wind, which will drive that fire to the north-east and if it still is running it will start to encroach on Vivonne Bay itself," he said.

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.


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