The Country Fire Service (CFS) says a bushfire burning in severe weather conditions at Templers, north of Adelaide, has now been contained.
- A fire is burning at Templers, north of Adelaide
- More than 50 fire trucks have responded to the blaze
- The CFS says it has been contained
The CFS earlier this afternoon issued an emergency warning for the grass fire, which was burning in a south-easterly direction towards the Thiele Highway and the towns of Roseworthy, Freeling and Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley, about 60 kilometres north of the Adelaide CBD.
It declared it contained at 2:30pm but said there was still an “elevated fire danger risk” and that members of the public should remain vigilant.
The temperature in Roseworthy reached 44.8 degrees Celsius today.
CFS Assistant Commissioner Rob Sandford said more than 50 trucks and six aircraft had responded to the fire.
Control lines are being built around the fire, which burnt more than 650 hectares.
“That fire is now contained, which is fantastic,” Mr Sandford told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“We still have about 40 appliances on the ground — there’s a fair bit of mopping up that will be needed.”
Incident controller Rob Styling said volunteers would monitor the fire overnight.
He said the cause of the fire was undetermined but urged people to report anyone engaging in suspicious behaviour.
Earlier, local resident Helen told ABC local radio conditions around the Gungellan Hotel in Freeling were challenging for firefighters.
She said it was a reminder of the 2015 Pinery fire, which burnt down her home.
“Quite a lot of the smoke — it’s probably about 5km from us at the moment,” she said.
The fire danger rating for the area is severe.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a fire weather warning for southern parts of the state this morning.
It says the weather will be very hot and dry with north to north-westerly winds of 25–40 kilometres per hour, turning north-west to south-westerly during the afternoon and gradually easing.
The CFS says the threat from a fire at Kapunda has reduced, however people in the area may see smoke from the Templers fire.
“We’re responding to a number of [other] incidents rights across the state,” Mr Sandford said.
Other parts of the state have sweltered today, with tops in the mid-40s including at Moomba, which has already tipped 45C.
A top of 38C day is forecast in Adelaide tomorrow.