Strong winds have made most of the fire risks in South Australia fade away. However, as Christmas approaches, wild fires caused by gusts of wind threaten people and their properties in other areas.
Although the strong winds yesterday uprooted many big trees and thousands of families in South Australia suffered power outages, a blast of cold air from the south eased the fire danger in South Australia. However, as of today, fire insurance signals are still being issued elsewhere in the country.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that there will be orange fire hazards in Carnarvon and Shark Bay on the Gascoyne Coast in Western Australia.
Due to the hot weather and raging winds, the Capital Territory will implement a full fire ban. The highest temperature recorded in the Capital Territory today reached 36 degrees Celsius. Coupled with the influence of windy weather from the northwest, the area issued another orange fire danger signal. The Emergency Services Department of the Capital Territory warned that the fires caused by inclement weather may be difficult to control. They burn quickly and can quickly spread to 4 kilometers away.
In South Australia, the focus of disaster prevention is the follow-up cleanup work after strong winds. "Although the windy weather has come to an end, we still have more follow-up work to do." State Emergency Services Agency duty officer Bob Stevenson emphasized. Stevenson pointed out that the eastern and southern parts of Adelaide were most severely affected by strong winds. While many wires were blown off, the staff also received more than 650 calls for help.
In this strong wind, a big tree fell in the middle of the road. It took about four hours for seven staff to saw it and remove it. The strong wind also overturned the steeple of a church. About 6 households suffered from power outages, but most of them restored power last night. The police said that extreme weather has caused multiple power outages, and many vehicles, sidewalks and cyclists have been attacked by flying gravel. The gale also triggered a severe wildfire disaster, posing a threat to the life and property of Tintinara in southeastern South Australia. But as of last night, CFS firefighters managed to control the fire after the wildfire spread to nearly 1000 hectares. Yesterday, only the Flinders area in South Australia had a red fire risk signal, while other areas had an orange fire risk signal.
The weather in Sydney and Melbourne was cooler yesterday, but the hot weather in these two cities reappeared last Friday. Victoria has not issued a fire ban, and only the Mallee area has an orange fire warning signal. Four central areas in NSW have adopted fire bans.
Hot dry winds from the north caused the Channel Country area in Queensland to issue an orange fire danger signal. A four-day wildfire is suspected to have occurred in the Pilbara area near the North West Coastal Highway, but the wildfire is currently under control.