On Sunday (January 1), under extreme heat, a fire broke out near Cherry Gardens in Adelaide, South Australia, and more than 24 hectares of land were burned.In addition, the police arrested a 2500-year-old man who had fled from the fire in nearby Clarendon. He will appear in court for arson.
According to News Station No. 1, the fire level at Cherry Gardens in Mount Lofty Ranges reached a state of emergency on Monday (January 25) morning, and the warning level was lowered at noon.More than 400 firefighters worked hard to control the fire.
South Australia Fire Services (CFS) Commander Yvette Dowling said staff are assessing the damage in the Mount Bold area. "Two houses were damaged or destroyed, and about 11 buildings were destroyed by the fire. We are not sure at this stage whether it is a house or an outbuilding." She said.
Cherry Gardens Fire – Public Information Map – 25/01/2021 – 12:00noon pic.twitter.com/iatMUF7JUQ
— Country Fire Service (@CFSAlerts) January 25, 2021
Rain is expected throughout the area on Monday afternoon, but it is unlikely to extinguish the fire, and the coming wind may increase the fire.The South Australian Fire Department said the fire is expected to last at least a few days.
The smoke covered most of Adelaide, and health authorities warned people to stay indoors if possible.
Cherry Gardens blaze generating its own pyrocumulus cloud – these can create their own weather within a fireground and can make conditions less predictable. https://t.co/PYKejoUkbn
— Amelia Mulcahy (@AmeliaMulcahy7) January 24, 2021
Meanwhile, a 60-year-old man from Hallett Cove will appear in court on Monday. He is accused of arson in Clarendon, just a few kilometers away from Cherry Gardens.
On Sunday night, a patrol car spotted a car driving away from the fire scene on Piggott Range Road in Clarendon.The police stopped the car and arrested the man. He was charged with causing a forest fire, driving without a license and driving under the influence.
The man was refused bail and will appear in Christies Beach court on Monday.
The police are investigating whether the fire is related to other fires nearby and urge the public to call 1800 333 000 to provide clues.
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