Australia

Bushfires in SA after lightning hits

A band of lightning moving across South Australia is believed to be the cause of multiple bushfires, in particular on the Yorke Peninsula at Minlaton.

Multiple fires are burning in South Australia and are believed to have been caused by a band of lightning moving across the state.

The most serious fire is on the Yorke Peninsula at Minlaton, the SA Country Fire Service said.

Just before 3pm, the CFS was telling nearby residents to "leave if the path is clear to a safer place" however the authority now says the rate of spread of the fire has halted.

However the CFS says it's concerned that could change when the wind changes in a few hours.

"The CFS has concern that when the wind change arrives, there may be an increase in fire behaviour," a warning message said.

"People east of the fire ground need to remain alert to this wind change and enact their Bushfire Survival Plan."

There are smaller grass fires near Ettick in the Murraylands district, the Globe Derby Trotting track in the northern Adelaide metro area, Kangaroo Island, Hindmarsh Island, Kanmantoo, Barabba and Long Plains.

There is a total fire ban for most of the state.

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