More than 100 firefighters and three aerial water bombers are
battling an out-of-control bushfire near Port Lincoln in
The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) says the fire, which is a
risk to lives and homes, is burning at Sleaford Mere, west of
It is travelling in a southerly direction towards Fishery Bay
and is burning in scrub.
Residents are advised to take shelter when the fire arrives
and to protect themselves from the fire's heat.
CFS state co-ordinator Malim Watts said the serious fire was
"a weather driven event".
Strong northerly winds are expected to continue, before they
abate a little and ease off.
"That might give us some respite in terms of being able to
gain a bit more control over this fire," Mr Watts said.
"But then we are likely to see the winds turn to a more
While it may then become cooler, the winds may be reasonably
strong as well, so there was still some concern from a
firefighting effort until the temperature decreases and the
atmospheric moisture increases.
With 100-odd firefighters, other emergency workers, three
aerial water bombing aircraft and an observation aircraft,
the CFS was putting as much effort as possible into fighting
"At this stage our focus of attention is on asset protection
and warning as much of the community that we believe are
likely to be impacted as we can and making sure that others
are aware of the situation as it develops," Mr Watts said.
He had no advice yet as to how the fire started, but said the
CFS would work with police to investigate its cause.