Mum who defended her home against SA bushfire reveals 'scariest part'

A woman who stayed to defend her family's home against an out-of-control bushfire in Adelaide Hills has spoken about the terrifying experience.

Mum who defended her home against SA bushfire reveals 'scariest part'

A woman who stayed to defend her family's home against an out-of-control bushfire in the Adelaide Hills has spoken about the terrifying experience.

An evacuation order has been downgraded for the fire, however authorities warn the 2700 hectare bushfire is still out-of-control.

The South Australian Country Fire Service has downgraded the Cherry Gardens fire in Hicks Hill Road from an emergency level to advice after residents were asked to flee as the fire spread, destroying two homes and 17 sheds and outbuildings.

The alert was issued for residents of Heathfield, Longwood, Mylor, Bradbury, Biggs Flat, Scott Creek, Cherry Gardens, Mount Bold and Chapel Hill in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Jessica Jones was one of many residents who chose to stay and defend their homes.

"A bit like a tidal wave of just licking flames and embers," she said.

"I think the scariest part was it was so quiet."

Ms Jones' children took shelter in a fire bunker below.

"In the end we're just all grateful to have our lives," she said.

It's expected the fire will continue to burn in Scott Creek and the Mount Bold reservoir area for the next four to five days.

Current weather conditions have eased reducing bushfire activity across much of the fireground.

However the blaze is still active on the north eastern and south western edges.

Changing weather conditions may cause the fire to burn for several days and in different directions.

A CFS spokesperson stressed the Cherry Gardens fire "is still uncontrolled".

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"Conditions are continually changing. I urge South Australians in this area to continue to listen to the advice of all authorities," the spokesperson said.

The CFS has received no reports of serious injury or death, however a CFS member has been treated for smoke inhalation.

SA Health has advised residents to take extra precautions to minimise the health effects of bushfire smoke exposure.

This is particularly important for vulnerable people with heart or lung conditions.

Due to reduced visibility on the roads, SA Police is advising drivers to slow down, turn on their headlights and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.

Authorities are also reminding residents at home to close all windows and doors and stay inside to reduce exposure to bushfire smoke.

CFS state duty officer Yvette Dowling said there was "erratic fire behaviour" on the Cherry Gardens fireground, particularly in the north eastern corner.

"That's where the Longwood and Mylor areas may be affected by the fire, as the fire becomes erratic this afternoon," Ms Dowling said.

"We will, fortunately, get a little bit of rain over the fire ground mid-afternoon today.

"We should hopefully get somewhere between five to 15mm of rain over the fireground."

The rain is unlikely to be enough to put the fire out and gusts associated with approaching rain and thunderstorms may increase fire behaviour.

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Many roads around the Cherry Gardens fire have now re-opened to residents and landowners.

However, as of Monday afternoon, closures remain in place at Scott Creek Road/Woolcock Road, Longwood, Cross Street/Bradbury Road, Mylor, Silver Lake Road/Strathalbyn Road, Mylor and Longwood Road/Allen Hill Road, Bradbury.

A current list of road closures can be found at traffic.sa.gov.au.

The CFS also reported a grass fire on the Echidna Track in Cherry Gardens this morning as well as a scrub and grass fire in Church Street, Marden.

The CFS said the threat from the Tilley Swamp fire has reduced, however residents were still urged to take care in the area.

The CFS has issued the alert for Petherick Road and Princes Hwy, Tilley Swamp near the Coorong Conservation Conservation Park in Lower South East of South Australia.

"The threat from this fire has reduced, however people are reminded to take care in the area," the SA CFS said.

"Smoke will reduce visibility on the roads and there is a risk of trees and branches falling."

Hundreds of firefighters worked through the night to contain the blaze which has burnt through 2500 hectares of land. As of Monday morning, the fire perimeter was 21km.

Meanwhile, a man has been charged after he was caught leaving the scene of a fire at Clarendon in the Adelaide Hills yesterday.

Police allege a car was spotted speeding away from a fire that had just started on Piggott Range Rd, just after 6pm yesterday.

Police attempted to stop the car but it failed to do so and a pursuit ensued.

The car stopped a short time later with the driver and sole occupant, a 60-year-old Hallett Cove man, was placed under arrest.

The man was breath tested, allegedly returning a result of 0.145. He has been charged with cause bushfire, driving unlicensed, aggravated engage in police pursuit, drink driving and altering number plates.

Officers are investigating if there are any links between that blaze and others in the region.

The scrub fire started burning in an east north easterly direction towards Scott Creek Conservation Park at 4pm on Saturday.

South Australian police are investigating the potential cause of the blaze.

Police are also investigating a fire that took place near Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills which is being treated as suspicious.

A camping stove was found near the ignition point.

CFS crews quickly managed to get the blaze under control yesterday.

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