A major bushfire continues to burn near the Eyre Peninsula
town of Tulka, but the threat to people and property has
lessened, the Country Fire Service (CFS) says.
The blaze, one of 65 across South Australia since Saturday,
has destroyed 1850 hectares of scrub along with 12 cabins, a
caravan and a campervan at a local caravan park.
One home, several sheds, four cars and large amounts of
fencing and irrigation pipes have also been lost.
There are no reports of injuries to local residents or fire
Initial reports said seven homes and 12 sheds had been
destroyed, but the CFS revised the damage toll after sending
in an assessment team.
That team is also working to determine the cause of the
On Monday afternoon the fire was still burning out of control
but was within containment lines.
CFS state co-ordinator Malim Watts said while it remained a
concern, the blaze was not expected to breach the backburns
More than 100 firefighters have been deployed to the Tulka
fire, and Mr Watts said it would be several days before it
was considered safe.
"We do have free running fire burning in native vegetation
even though it's got a control line established around it,"
Milder conditions in the area, after temperatures soared into
the high 30s on Sunday, were helping the firefighting
In 2001 a fire caused major damage to the Tulka township,
destroying 11 homes and damaging 10 others as it burnt
through 14,000 hectares over several days.
Other fires causing concern for the CFS included one at
Bramfield, on the western Eyre Peninsula, which has destroyed
850 hectares of grassland, and others at Yalata, on the
state's west coast, at Vanessa, in the northeast, at Humbug
Scrub in the Adelaide Hills and near Quorn in the southern
None posed an immediate threat to people or property and most
were thought to have been started by lightning, although the
Humbug Scrub fire was the result of a burn-off getting out of
Mr Watts said the number and intensity of the fires over the
past few days had given the CFS one of its busiest periods
for many years and a sudden start to the fire season.
"It's a very quick wake-up call for a lot of people," he
"Summer has come with a vengeance."