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Jan 2, 2015

12:25:49 GMT--Forest / Wild Fire - Australia - Australia

EDIS Number: WF-20150102-46527-AUS

Date / time: 02/01/2015 12:24:01 [UTC]

Event: Forest / Wild Fire

Area: Australia

Country: Australia

State/County: State of South Australia

Location: [Adelaide Hills region]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


Two houses have been destroyed by a bushfire in the Adelaide Hills that is burning at Humbug Scrub near Kersbrook, north-east of the city. The fire is one of two that South Australian firefighters said had threatened lives and homes on Friday as temperatures across the state soared into the mid 40s. Country Fire Service spokesman Brenton Eden said it was unclear if anyone had been injured in the fire, which started at Sampson Flat earlier in the day. "I can confirm that we have lost two houses," CFS state coordinator Brenton Eden said. "It appears both houses belonged to members of the CFS which is quite tragic that they're out there fighting fires and have lost their own properties." Mr Eden earlier said, based on social media reports, up to four houses had been lost and has warned residents to be aware of an expected wind change overnight. Metropolitan Fire Service crews have joined CFS volunteers who are currently engaged in asset protection in the area. Mr Eden said an incinerator was the likely cause of the fire, which has also destroyed a firefighting appliance, but no-one was hurt. He said 150 firefighters, 25 appliances and five water carriers were at the scene and communities around the fire including Kersbrook, Humbug Scrub, Birdwood and Gumeracha needed to be "very, very vigilant." The fire has already blackened 1,600 hectares. Swirling winds were making conditions difficult and CFS incident controller Robert Styling said firefighters were working to protect properties. "They're engaged in asset protection at the moment because there are a number of small farm lots and homes in and around the fire danger area and also the township of Kersbrook is of some concern to us as well," he said. "The fire is still completely out of control on a number of fronts." Mr Styling said firefighters who have been battling the blaze for eight hours would be relieved by other crews who have a tough night ahead of them. "Oncoming weather conditions are not going to be very kind to us at all overnight," he said. "We're not expecting the temperature to drop between 30C and 32C right through the night and the wind is going to be up around 40 kilometres an hour." Roads around Kersbrook have been blocked off around the fire, while some not far from the area have already fled their homes because of embers. Smoke from the fire at Humbug Scrub was earlier visible above Adelaide suburbs as far away as Unley and at Echunga, more than 25 kilometres away.

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