While summer is still more than a month away, fire crews have had a taste of things to come, being called to at least 17 fires across South Australia in the past 24 hours.
As the temperature almost reached 34 degrees in Adelaide, a blaze at MacDonald Park, in Adelaide’s outer northern suburbs, came within metres of a home.
The fire began after a spark jumped out of a metal drum being used to burn-off rubbish and ignited nearby grass.
It spread quickly and tore through several glasshouses, destroying the flower crops inside.
The flames crept to within just two metres of a nearby home before Country Fire Service (CFS) crews arrived and were able to save it.
Total damage to the rest of the property is estimated at about $100,000.
CFS crews were called out to about 17 fires in the past 24 hours.
Gerry Thomson from the CFS says it is a warning of things to come.“We’re only a month away from the fire danger season, this is a fair indication you need to get out there and clean up,” he said.
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