Firefighting authorities in South Australia say the next six to 12 hours will be critical as they attempt to control a fatal fire that’s already claimed two lives.
There are grave concerns the death toll will rise, with 13 people in hospital and five of those are either in critical or serious conditions with significant burns.
SA Premier Jay Weatherill says one has burns to more than 80 per cent of their body
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“We do hold grave concerns for them,” Mr Weatherill told reporters at an early morning briefing.
At least 16 homes have been destroyed, alongside outbuildings, vehicles and farm machinery.
The fire has burnt an estimated 85,000 hectares of grass, cropping land and scrub.
“Further to this, a significant number of stock and crops have been lost, including a piggery with an estimated 2000 sows,” Mr Weatherill said.
Livestock assessment teams from Primary Industry and Regions SA will be on the ground on Thursday morning to help land owners assess and deal with the burned or injured livestock.
Impact teams from the CFS, MFS, police and SES will be combing every area of the accessible ground for a full assessment of damage.
Even though conditions have improved and the fire perimeter has not expanded since midnight, the fire status does remain going with active fires still burning within the current perimeter.
Interstate fire crews will be on the ground on Friday to help over the next two to three days.