Murraylands CFS firies join Adelaide Hills fire fight

TOUGH days lie ahead for the Country Fire Service (CFS) as it continues to tackle the Adelaide Hills bushfire.

Ten strike teams of CFS volunteers from the Swanport, Ridley, Mallee and Coorong groups trucked west over the weekend to fight the good fight, helping defend Gumeracha and One Tree Hill.

Five more will rotate through the fire zone this week.

Though almost 30 people were injured over the weekend and one fire truck destroyed, CFS region three commander Richard Coombe said none were from the Murraylands.

He thanked the volunteers who had brought more than enough food and supplies to their local CFS stations.

"There has been support from the local community for our local brigades, which has certainly been appreciated," he said.

"The Murray Bridge brigade was inundated with food."

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to high 30s in the Hills today and tomorrow, and 40 in Murray Bridge and the Mallee.

At this stage, parts of the Mannum to Adelaide road (North East Road) remain closed between Range Road North and Gumeracha. 

Smoke is not expected to drift over the Murraylands today, as the wind will blow it to the north, but it may in the coming days if the fire flares up.

The CFS has warned people in smoke-affected areas who suffer from respiratory or cardiac conditions to stay indoors and close their windows until the air clears.

- Details: For up-to-date information on the Adelaide Hills fires, visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au; or for road closures, www.police.sa.gov.au.

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