FIRE FIGHT... A burn-off reignited and escaped control, causing a serious fire north of Stansbury yesterday. The blaze burned about 375 hectares before being brought under control. The CFS was alerted about the fire just before 12.30pm and within 20 minutes it had been declared a major emergency. On the fireground, Curramulka CFS volunteer Shannon Phillips and his crew are confronted by this wall of flames due to a sudden wind change. FIRE FIGHT... A burn-off reignited and escaped control, causing a serious fire north of Stansbury yesterday. The blaze burned about 375 hectares before being brought under control. The CFS was alerted about the fire just before 12.30pm and within 20 minutes it had been declared a major emergency. On the fireground, Curramulka CFS volunteer Shannon Phillips and his crew are confronted by this wall of flames due to a sudden wind change. Photo: Brooke Webb

CLOSE CALL

Fire rips through land north of Stansbury

TWENTY minutes was all it took from the initial call at 12.27pm for yesterday’s (Monday) fire north of Stansbury to be upgraded to a major incident.

A total of 376.5 hectares of stubble, grassland and roadside vegetation were blackened by the time the fire was considered contained at 4pm.

“My understanding is a whirly wind picked up embers from a burn-off earlier in the morning,” CFS South­ern Yorke deputy group officer Gavin Porter said.

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