Cooler conditions and lighter winds aided fire crews as dawn broke but South Australia state Premier Jay Weatherill said it would be days before the situation was brought under control.
    
"Even though a significant proportion of the fire perimeter is under control and the conditions were milder overnight many fire fronts are still active within the fire grounds and they'll continue to be battled for some days," he said.
    
"We know that one of those people has burns to more than 80 percent of their body. Their condition is being closely monitored. But we do hold grave concerns for them," said
Weatherill.

The blaze incinerated at least 16 homes, as well as outbuildings, farm machinery and vehicles as it raged across a 40-kilometer front, driven by strong, swirling winds late Wednesday, he added.

Country Fire Service chief officer Greg Nettleton said it might still be early in the fire season but the land in South Australia was incredibly dry and only long, soaking rain would cut the fire risk.

 

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