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Australian Fires Destroy Homes

FireWhile the North cleans up in the aftermath of Cyclone Laurence, South Australia is dealing fire: ‘Explosive’ bushfire destroys homes

Police have confirmed at least nine houses were destroyed in yesterday’s bushfire at Port Lincoln on South Australia’s Lower Eyre Peninsula.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze after a cool change hit the area overnight, but not before it destroyed 500 hectares of scrub and grassland and the State Emergency Services headquarters.

Power has now been restored to most of the 6,000 homes that were affected by the blaze.

Near 100° temperatures, single-digit humidity, and gusty winds – everything necessary for flash fires to rip through the countryside. Weather conditions have improved allowing firefighters to begin controlling the fires, but the fire season stretches out for months.