Hotspots persist across SA fire ground

Tim Dornin
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Hotspots are continuing to flare across a bushfire which raged through the Adelaide Hills, destroying two home and other buildings.

The Cherry Gardens fire was contained on Monday after burning through about 2500 hectares of scrub and farmland.

The Country Fire Service said 120 firefighters continued to work to damp down the 28-kilometre perimeter, with 60 to 70 hotspots identified on Thursday.

Crews were expected to maintain a significant presence in the area for at least the next four days.

They are using thermal imaging cameras to identify areas of concern along with long hose lays, portable pumps and hand tools in hard-to-reach pockets.

Work on the ground was also being supported by a helicopter with a water bucketing system.

Incident controller Scott Turner said firefighting efforts were being helped by favourable weather, with milder temperatures across the Adelaide Hills on Thursday and across the next few days.

"We're 95 per cent confident we've addressed everything on the fire's perimeter," he said.

"We're blacking out to a minimum of 30 metres, in most areas we're going up to 100 metres into that fire ground, blacking out, removing all the hotspots and stopping flare-ups."

Two homes, 19 outbuildings and two vehicles were lost in the blaze that burnt amid extreme heat, before it was declared contained on Monday night.

At the height of the incident, an emergency warning was in place for a number of towns southeast of Adelaide.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help a woman who lost her home to the blaze.

Rae Townsend lost everything when the flames swept through her property at Bradbury on Sunday with her son Sam launching a campaign to raise $5000 to help her get back on her feet.

"Thankfully mum and her dogs are ok but the fire took absolutely everything from inside the house," Mr Townsend said.

"We can't bring back the memories but hopefully we can help create some new ones."

The fire has also prompted independent MP Sam Duluk to propose new laws to potentially jail firebugs for life.

Mr Duluk will introduce legislation to state parliament next week to lift the maximum penalty for lighting a bushfire from 20 years to life behind bars.

"We need to bring the penalties for intentionally causing a bushfire in line with general arson, which already carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment," he said.