Homes lost in SA bushfire

January 07, 2018

South Australia's CFS says fire has claimed several homes and buildings in the state's south east.

The bushfire emergency in South Australia's southeast has reduced as moderating weather conditions help fire crews get the upper hand.

The Country Fire Service says the progress of the Sherwood fire has slowed with emergency warnings for locals replaced with a watch and act message.

"Firefighters are still working to contain the fire, however, fire intensity and rate of spread has moderated," the CFS said.

It said farm buildings and other assets could still be at risk and anyone who had left the area should not yet return.

Earlier a fire crew battling then South Australia's southeast survived a frightening burnover in their truck as the fire raged, destroying two farm buildings and threatening homes.

The crew was among more than 70 firefighters who battled the blaze which also posed a threat to properties at Brimbago, Lowan Vale, McCallum and Senior near the South Australian-Victorian border.

By late on Saturday the blaze had destroyed more than 8000 hectares of scrub and farmland.

At one stage local farmer Robyn Verrall reported a "wall of flames" as the fire burned out of control.

Images she posted on Twitter showed trees and grass on fire while a video showed thick smoke blanketing paddocks, significantly reducing visibility.

The southeast blaze came amid soaring temperatures and catastrophic fire conditions in SA's Mt Lofty Ranges, and upper and lower southeast.

Those conditions moderated during the day with most of the state forecast to have much cooler weather on Sunday.

The southeast blaze was also among about 40 incidents requiring CFS attention, including other fires at Happy Valley, Penfield and one at a rubbish dump at McLaren Vale where equipment valued at $1.5 million was lost.

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