Flare-ups across island fireground

Tim Dornin
More than 210,000 hectares has been burnt in the bushfire at Kangaroo Island

Flare-ups are continuing across the Kangaroo Island fireground hampering efforts to complete damage assessments, but no people or property are under threat.

The area burnt across the island has increased to more than 210,000 hectares inside a perimeter of 500 kilometres but initial indications are that some areas are not as badly impacted as first thought.

SA police said its Multidisciplinary Rapid Damage Assessment Team (MRDAT) arrived on the island on Friday and had been working since then to determine the extent of the losses.

"Teams worked through to near sunset last night and were back out on the ground around sunrise this morning," they said in a statement.

"This has also included aerial observations which have confirmed that some areas of concern have not been damaged as much as originally believed."

Before Thursday night's major flare-up, more than 50 homes had been confirmed destroyed along with several hundred other buildings.

Two lives were also lost, but no further people are unaccounted for.

At least one more confirmed loss is the Vivonne Bay Lodge on the south coast with other properties in that area also feared destroyed or damaged.

Country Fire Service incident controller Ian Tanner said feedback from the fire ground indicated that there were a number of "saves" after the fire broke containment lines and escalated rapidly on Thursday.

"We do know that there are some buildings and businesses in the affected area that have survived," he told reporters on Saturday.

"So we're really pleased about that.

"We've said all along that we're going to have flare-ups but a lot of them will be well within the burnt areas."

Work is also continuing to restore essential services with generator power connected to a key water treatment plant and work continuing to restore mains power to the facility.

A portable defence force water plant was also up and running, helping to provide water to Kingscote.

Across the island about 800 properties were still without electricity with SA Power Networks working to reconnect those customers.

Travel restrictions to Kangaroo Island have also been lifted though the CFS urged that if travel was not essential, it would best be postponed.

"If you do need to come here to support relatives and friends, then it's okay to come," Mr Tanner said.

"But if you don't need to come to Kangaroo Island at this point in time, then please give us a bit longer to get this sorted."

The CFS is also looking towards more hot weather across the fire ground from Monday when temperatures will once again hit 30C, while cooler conditions have been forecast for the rest of next week.