Several major bushfires have broken out in several places around the state of South Australia, the most serious one in the Adelaide Hills. Extreme heat and high winds blowing from all directions make this fire potentially the most dangerous since the inferno of Ash Wednesday, 1983.
About twenty townships are being evacuated as I write, and a state of emergency has been declared, one consequence being that people wishing to enter affected areas are being prevented by police from doing so. Reports confirm several houses have already been lost, and several firefighters have sustained injuries, but no lives have been lost at this stage.
Your prayers are greatly appreciated.