A man was arrested after driving at high speed near a bushfire in South Australia.
Police will claim a patrol spotted a vehicle « spinning away » from a fire that recently started shortly after 6pm in Clarendon on Piggott Range Road.
Detectives are investigating whether there are any possible links between this fire and others in the area.
Police are asking members of the public who may have witnessed the fire or have dashcam footage of the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
Firefighters tackle an uncontrolled bushfire in the Adelaide Hills with warnings urging those at risk to seek refuge and not attempt to leave the area.
At midnight, a Watch and Act message stayed up-to-date and the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) worked all evening to contain the fire near Cherry Gardens, about 15 miles from Adelaide.
More than 300 firefighters will stay on site overnight and continue to suppress areas of fire before morning temperatures rise, including a range of support measures from SA police, SA ambulance and state rescue services.
Currently the fire is moving in a north-easterly direction, but when the wind changes early in the morning the direction of the fire changes and it goes back to the south-west.
Aviation Resources will join forces in the morning to fight the fire, support the crews on the ground and collect aerial information.
The CFS warned residents to remain vigilant: « While overnight smoke appears to be seeing a reduction in smoke from these still-burning areas of fire, which are extremely visible in the surrounding areas, the community is asked to remain vigilant with constant change. »
Residents were warned Monday morning of large amounts of widespread smoke from across the fireside, and advised that « all windows and doors remain closed » and « caution should be exercised when driving in areas with smoke due to restricted visibility. » is available ».
An alarm on Sunday evening at 11:30 pm warned residents of Clarendon, Cherry Gardens, Bradbury, Kangarilla and Echunga in the Mount Lofty Ranges « to take action now ».
« Take action now as this bushfire can endanger your safety. If you are not prepared, go now and if the path is clear, go to a safer place. Do not enter this area as the conditions are dangerous. »
At 11:30 p.m. the bushfire burned northeast towards Heathfield, Upper Sturt, Aldgate, Bridgewater, Longwood and Mylor.
#Bushfire Watch and Act for # CHERRY_GARDENS, _HICKS_HILL_ROAD #fire. Take action now as this bush fire can endanger your safety. If you are not prepared, go now, and if the path is clear, go to a safer place. #WAM ID = 0005352 #SAFires https://t.co/TUXom6vfSO pic.twitter.com/TeMZySe2Jn
An alarm earlier that evening had warned residents: « You are now in danger. Take shelter in a solid building. Do not leave or enter this area by vehicle or on foot. It is too late to leave because there. » the streets are not used. » for sure. »
« The conditions are dangerous and firefighters can no longer prevent the fire from spreading. Protection from the fire from occurring as heat can kill you long before the flames can reach you, » said the South Australian Fire Department.
7 News Adelaide Weather Presenter Amelia Mulchay noted that the fire was strong and created its own pyrocumulus cloud.
She warned pyrocumulus clouds « which can create their own weather in a fire ground and make conditions less predictable ».
Chris Kent, chief forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), told ABC that pyrocumulus clouds were « formed by a column of hot air rising from fire ».
Some of the locals are carefully watching the fire at Cherry Gardens in Woodcroft. 📸 Luke Keller pic.twitter.com/pSrsTdzFAH
On the way home from # BBL10 and that’s my view. Hicks Hill / Cherry Gardens fire. Hope everyone is fine. Stay safe #SouthAustralia #bushfire #CFS pic.twitter.com/nWvURBqyQb
During an update on ABC Adelaide, CFS controller Yvette Dowling said seven fires had merged into one, creating dangerous conditions.
Ms. Dowling said several road closures have been put in place and driving near the fire would become increasingly dangerous as conditions worsened.
The flame burned earlier on Sunday under « extreme weather conditions » when temperatures in the state capital were over 40 in the afternoon. The temperatures were still in the 30s after 9pm.
The winds were expected to change direction, with fire heading towards Kangarilla, Scott Creek, Longwood, Mount Bold, Mylor and Heathfield, said Yvette Dowling, CFS deputy commander.
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