A 60-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught fleeing the scene of a bushfire at Clarendon in the Adelaide Hills just after 6 pm (ACDT) yesterday.
Police pursued a vehicle fleeing from the bushfires in Clarendon after it failed to stop. The Hallet Cove man was breathalysed, allegedly returning a 0.145 result and later charged on a number of offences, including causing a bushfire, drink driving, and engaging in a police pursuit.
He was denied bail and will appear in court on Monday. Authorities are now investigating whether there is a connection with other bushfires in the local area.
This latest development comes as hundreds of firefighters battled an uncontrolled blaze in the Adelaide Hills overnight, after it broke out in Cherry Gardens, near the Scott Creek Conservation Park, around 4 pm (ACDT) Sunday.
The blaze initially tore through the densely vegetated conservation park before a sudden wind change saw it travel in a South-Westerly direction towards the townships of Echunga, Meadows, and Macclesfield.
However, changing wind conditions which pushed the fire in a North-Easterly direction towards the South Eastern Freeway have proved difficult in containing the blaze, resulting in emergency warnings issued for the townships of Longwood, Mylor, and Biggs Flat in the Mount Lofty Ranges.
As a result, a watch and act has been issued for the densely populated townships of Stirling, Aldgate, and Bridgewater.
Temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius across most of the state on Sunday, but rain is forecast for the afternoon and evening today, which is expected to provide some relief for firefighters.
However, the CFS have warned residents not to become complacent as unpredictable wind conditions are causing increased activity.
“We still have significant resources on this fire. Additional aviation assets have been re-engaged since the sun’s up and they’re now on standby and now active in the air on this fire, with a large number of ground resources,” CFS state duty commander Sam Quigley said.
Those in the area should keep updated via the CFS SA website and ensure their bushfire plan is up to date.