An out-of-control bushfire is burning under extreme weather conditions on the Yorke Peninsula with South Australia’s Country Fire Service issuing an emergency warning for Maitland.
The following message has been posted on CFA's website:
Issued for Maitland fire near Spencer Highway and Balgowan Road north of Maitland Township in the central Yorke Peninsula
You are now in danger. Take shelter in a solid building. Do not leave or enter this area in a vehicle or on foot. It is too late to leave as the roads will not be safe.
Conditions are dangerous and firefighters are now unable to prevent the fire spreading. Shelter before the fire arrives as heat can kill you well before the flames reach you.
The SPENCER HIGHWAY, MAITLAND fire is uncontrolled. This grass fire is burning in a southerly direction towards Maitland, Warawurlie, Yorke Valley, Spencer Highway and Port Victoria Road . Conditions are continually changing.
Homes are not built to withstand these fire conditions, however they can be used as a shelter against heat from the fire.
You may lose power, water, phone and data connections.
Fire crews are responding but you should not expect a firefighter at your door.
WHAT TO DO:
Check and follow your Bushfire Survival Plan.
Protect yourself from the fire's heat and put on protective clothing.
Tell family or friends of your plan.
If you are driving and become stuck in your car, park away from bushes, cover yourself, get onto the floor as the windows may break from the intense heat.
Identify a spot to shelter in, with more than one exit. Keep moving so you are away from the heat of the fire.
Bring pets inside and restrain them.
Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins and outdoor furniture away from your house.
Close doors and windows to keep smoke out.
If you have sprinklers, turn them on to wet the area.
If the building catches fire, go to an area already burnt. Check around you for anything burning.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
CFS website : cfs.sa.gov.au
Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361
For hearing or speech impaired users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361
For teletype service TTY 133 677
CFS on Facebook or Twitter
On local ABC radio, FIVEaa, or one of our other Emergency Broadcast Partners.
Do not rely on a single source for warning information.
For emergencies call Triple Zero (000)
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