Australia Fire bans in place as South Australia set for a scorcher

12:11  11 january  2018
12:11  11 january  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

Smoke warning issued as fire crews battle fierce factory fire

  Smoke warning issued as fire crews battle fierce factory fire Firefighters have spent the morning battling a fierce factory fire in Melbourne.  The building at South Kingsville was well alight when fire crews arrived at the scene just after 4am today. The blaze started in the back fire of an engineering factory and caused extensive damage to the property. It took around 30 firefighters approximately one hour to bring it under control. When crews first arrived they had to approach the fire carefully, unaware of what risks may be inside.

Residents of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are facing a scorcher of a weekend Bendigo, Echuca and Avalon are set to climb to 43C A fire ban has been issued statewide, with extreme fire warnings in the Mallee and Wimmera, and severe warnings in southwest and central parts.

Fire bans have been issued across three states as Australians prepare for a pre-Christmas scorcher . The Shire of Exmouth, in the coastal region of Gascoyne about 1000km north of Perth, has been placed on a total fire ban on SA. Much of South Australia will be on total fire bans , with

Total fire bans are in place across parts of South Australia as temperatures are expected to soar across the state.

While Adelaide did not reach predicted temperatures yesterday, the mercury is forecast to reach 38 degrees today in metropolitan areas.

Total fire bans are in place for the Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges and Lower South East areas with hot to very hot conditions and northeast to northwesterly winds of up to 45 km/h expected into the early afternoon.

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switch to the Australia edition. A similar alert was in place for a fire near Goulburn, north-east of Canberra. A total fire ban has been declared in the entire south -east corner of the state, from the greater Hunter down to the far south coast.

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There is a slight chance of gusty showers later this afternoon.

The potentially hazardous heat follows dangerous conditions which swept across the state the last week, with grass fires spreading quickly and coming close to homes.

Fire crews were able to contain an out-of-control blaze near Sherwood on Saturday after a “wall of flames” tore through the south-east near the Victorian border.

At the height of the blaze, an emergency warning was issued for the Sherwood, Brimbago, Lowan Vale, McCallum and Senior areas, with locals warned it was no longer safe to leave.

Firefighters and paramedics are today urging residents to take care of themselves while monitoring conditions and actioning their bushfire survival plan if required.

Koala takes a dip during 40C heatwave .
It was not just the people of Adelaide trying to beat the heat yesterday, with a koala filmed taking a dip in the city’s east. The woman who filmed the marsupial told Adelaide Now the koala tumbled down the bushes and into a pond at the Morialta Conversation Park about 11am.It then spent about 10 minutes splashing around.“We had seen other koalas up in the trees but nothing like this; it was just lovely,” she told the newspaper.“He seemed to be enjoying himself.”A swim was in order after some parts of Adelaide reached 40C yesterday.Adelaide is expecting another scorcher today with the mercury forecast to hit 35C.

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