Victoria and South Australia are facing the worst bushfires since 1983 Ash Wednesday, authorities say, with residents warned their lives and homes are at risk. A blaze at Sampson Flat continues to burn out of control on all flanks, the South Australia Country Fire Service said and the Adelaide Hills area is facing “an incredibly dangerous fire".
An emergency vehicle driving past the head of the flames at the Moyston fire.
“Your life is at risk and we are asking you to implement your bushfire survival plan," a spokesman said.
Residents of 19 towns in the Adelaide Hills are being urged to leave immediately.
The CFA has warned anyone in areas affected by the Sampson Flat fire to leave now.
The areas include: Mount Pleasant, Kersbrook, Gumeracha, Mount Torrens, Woodside, Lobethal, Inglewood, Upper Hermitage, Breakneck Hill, One Tree Hill township, Little Para Reservoir, Chain of Ponds, Houghton, Cudlee Creek, Lower Hermitage, Charleston, Birdwood, Lenswood, and Williamstown.
Five homes have been destroyed in South Australia and one in Moyston, Victoria.
It's not yet known how many homes have been destroyed in the Sampson Flat blaze as it's not safe to get into the Upper Hermitage area that's affected, said Brenton Eden of the CFS.
"But it will be more than five" - the number of properties already reported lost on Friday, he said.
Two of the lost homes belong to firefighters who have been battling the out-of-control bushfire while another belongs to a police officer also helping in the emergency.
Meanwhile, Mr Eden urged residents in a host of places to find safety now, ahead of an expected deterioration in conditions.
"Winds at the moment are quite benign, so now is the time when people should be packing up their valuables, taking care of their stock and getting out of there.
"Please, heed this warning.
"We do not want to be reporting that we have lost any lives."