At least three people have been injured, including a firefighter suffering severe burns, defending a life threatening bushfire near Port Wakefield, north of Adelaide.
The Country Fire Service said on Friday it had not yet confirmed whether the man was a CFS volunteer or a member of a local farm fire unit.
The firefighter has been airlifted by helicopter to Adelaide for treatment.
The South Australian “Nantawarra” bushfire is travelling in souther easterly direction towards towns including Balaklava.
State Emergency Services has warned people in the area to put their bushfire plans into action, take shelter and protect themselves from the fire.
People in the area have been advised not to enter the area.
“Only leave now if the path is clear to a safe place,” the Country Fire Service warns.
— Country Fire Service (@CFSAlerts) October 31, 2014
Homes that are actively defended can offer safety. Temperatures in South Australia are above 30 degrees in most of the state. The weather bureau has issued a warning with hot, gusty northerly winds increasing the fire danger across the state.
— Ten News Adelaide (@TenNewsADEL) October 31, 2014