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Jan 2, 2015

12:29:15 GMT--Forest / Wild Fire - Australia - Australia



EDIS Number: WF-20150102-46528-AUS

Date / time: 02/01/2015 12:26:07 [UTC]

Event: Forest / Wild Fire

Area: Australia

Country: Australia

State/County: State of South Australia

Location: [Near Tantanoola and Glencoe]

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



Description:



The CFS says a second out-of-control fire in thick vegetation in South Australia's lower south-east has been slowed. Water bombers from Victoria and New South Wales were called in to help fight the fire near Tantanoola and Glencoe in the lower south-east, which has burnt around 500 hectares. Large air-tankers from Victoria known as LATs have been used for the first time in South Australia. "They've come in to give us quite a considerable bulk load of retardant. 11,500 litres they're dropping," Mr Eden said. Mr Eden said 175 crews would be working to protect the communities of Glencoe and Wandilo overnight. "We've deployed two of our state incident management teams with one on standby so these fires are heavily resourced and they will be for days to come." Large plumes of smoke from both fires are visible for miles around, with strong winds fanning the flames. A section of Princes Highway has been closed. "In that particular area there are quite a number of pine forests," CFS Chief Officer Greg Nettleton said. "We've got a number of resources, both air and land, combatting that fire to prevent it from getting into pine forests and then spreading further afield. "There are also a number of eucalypt forests down in that area." The cause of the fire is not known.




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