Insurers declare SA fire a catastrophe


Australia's peak insurance body has declared the bushfire that continues to burn out of control in South Australia's mid-north a catastrophe.

The Insurance Council of Australia has established a taskforce, activated its disaster hotline and deployed staff to deal with the fallout from Wednesday's blaze, which burnt 85,000 hectares - much of it cropping land - and destroyed at least 16 homes.

The ICA is urging people who have suffered losses in the fire to contact their insurer immediately.

  • Disaster hotline: 1800 734 621