Adelaide blaze contained

Adelaide blaze contained

16 January 2006

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Australia — A fire that had posed a risk to homes in Adelaide’s south has beencontained.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) said the blaze had burned about 100 hectares through scrub and grass lands before it was brought under control about 7pm (CDT).

It was feared that forecast gusty and erratic winds would fan the blaze causing it to threaten homes in the Delabole Hill area.

“The fire, which had the potential to threaten homes, is controlled,” CFS spokeswoman Krista St John said tonight.

The effort involved about 300 firefighters on the ground and two water bombing aircraft.

The cause of the blaze remains undetermined, and Ms St John said the fire’s hot edges would be patrolled throughout the night.

The blaze burned in a southerly direction through bushland today, prompting the closure of roads and a warning to residents of an unfavourable weather forecast tonight.

“A sudden wind change can make a bushfire extremely dangerous in a matter of minutes,” the CFS said earlier today.

Residents were also told that smoke and burning embers could reach their property and to take precautions.

“Radiant heat from a bushfire is extremely dangerous and should be avoided if at all possible,” the CFS said.

“Residents should cover all exposed skin by wearing long sleeved cotton shirts, long pants, sturdy boots, leather gloves and a broad brimmed hat.

“On no account should synthetic clothing be worn anywhere near a bushfire.” 


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