'A Threat To Life': At Least 11 Homes Damaged In South Australia Bushfire
South Australian authorities have confirmed 11 homes have been damaged in a bushfire that continues to burn out of control.
The properties were damaged in the fire burning in the state's Lower Yorke Peninsula. Thirty-three people have been treated for minor fire-related injuries.
The fire in the Yorke Peninsula broke through containment lines early on Thursday morning, but has since been downgraded to a 'watch and act' level.
A warning message was issued by the Country Fire Service (CFS) for residents in Honiton, Edithburgh, Troubridge Point, Wattle Point, Sultana Point, Hungry Point, Coobowie, Port Giles and Seven Roads.
People in these areas have been urged by authorities to relocate to a safer place immediately.
"If you are not prepared, leave now and if the path is clear, go to a safer place," the warning said.
A large number of people in the town of Edithburgh have been evacuated. About 400 reside in the town, which is under imminent threat from fire. Exact numbers of people evacuated were not immediately available
There are unconfirmed reports that a 200-year-old farmhouse was lost in Edithburgh overnight.
The fire, which started during Wednesday's catastrophic fire warning, has now burned through 5,000 hectares of bushland.
Firefighters face a difficult day on Thursday as fluctuating winds contribute to constantly changing conditions. People in the Adelaide area have been warned to expect poor visibility on Thursday as smoke will be pushed into the city by gusty winds.
The Yorke Peninsula fire is just one of 40 fires burning across the state.
Emergency crews in Victoria are also bracing for difficult conditions amid a Code Red fire danger rating on Thursday.
The Code Red rating has been declared for the first time in almost a decade as emergency services urge people in the Northern Country and Mallee regions of the the state to leaving their homes. The cities of Swan Hill, Mildura, Bendigo and Shepparton are also at risk.
There is also a total fire ban across the state and dozens of schools have also been closed due to the threat of fire.
An Emergency Warning was issued by the County Fire Service (CFS) for a grass fire in Victoria's central west.
Areas including Clunes, Dunach, Evansford, Glengower, Mount Cameron, Mount Glasgow, Red Lion, Stony Creek are under threat. Authorities have told people in the region that it is too late to leave.
"It is too late to leave. The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately," the CFS said in a tweet early on Thursday afternoon.
Residents across Victoria more generally have been told by authorities that a Code Red means their homes were not build to withstand this kind of danger and that leaving is the best option if it is safe to do so.
Weather conditions are set to make fire fighters' jobs more dangerous and difficult. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning on Thursday, where winds are expected to reach 100 kilometres an hour in some central parts of the state.
While fire fighters hope no new fires will ignite throughout Thursday, a late wind change forecast for the afternoon could pose further headaches for emergency officials.
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