A water bomber tackles a fire in South Australia
MORE than 100 firefighters are battling a major bushfire near Port Augusta, while blazes rage in three other states.
Crews are battling separate blazes in Queensland, Victoria and Perth as the nation recovers from a blistering heatwave.
The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) said a blaze was burning on two fronts in an area about 25km south of Port Augusta in the Flinders Ranges.
“This fire is continuing to expand to the northwest towards Spear Creek and the southwest towards Tattiwa Spring,” the CFS said.
Some roads have been closed and motorists have been asked to avoid the area.
A small number of campers at a local caravan park have also been asked to leave.
Firefighters battle Vic national park blaze
An isolated bushfire is sending smoke across a large section of the vast Grampians National Park in Victoria’s southwest.
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) says the fire in the far southwest corner of the popular tourist attraction is not threatening property and has grown to more than 165ha in size. It was sparked by lightning strikes earlier yesterday.
DSE spokesman Lee Miezis said 20 firefighters would continue bringing the blaze under control today.
“It is in a very remote area, so it is not threatening any property or townships at this stage,” he said.
“But there’s a strong southerly wind and smoke covering a fairly wide area, from Ararat, right along the major Western Highway.”
Firefighters will be assisted by 17 light tankers, one large tanker and 12 aircraft.
Mr Miezis said today’s cooler weather would also help firefighters
He said the national park and its neighbouring townships and tourist attractions remained open and people in these areas should monitor any changes in conditions.
Gas bottle sparks island blaze
In Queensland, flames up to 10m high have been reported as a bushfire on Moreton Island burns though scrubland toward small township of Bulwer.
The fire, which began yesterday when a gas bottle exploded at Cravens Creek campground, is now threatening the northern part of the island.
The Department of Environment and Resource Management said about 160ha of bush had been burned.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesman said the National Parks and Wildlife Service was in charge of the fire and despite a successful backburn overnight, the fire once again flared up this morning.
Tangalooma Island Resort director Trevor Hassard volunteered all night and said it was unlikely the fire would be put out for another couple of weeks.
Firefighter injured at Perth Airport
Firefighters have worked through the night managing a blaze that broke out yesterday near Perth Airport and left one FESA officer with minor burns.
The bushfire ripped through about 65ha in eastern Cloverdale yesterday afternoon.
One firefighter was taken to hospital with burns as the bushfire that threatened homes and forced evacuations in Cloverdale was brought under control last night.
Although the blaze is no longer out of control, it is continuing to smoulder on the western side of the Tonkin Highway from Hardey Road to Glassford Road, FESA said.