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DAMAGES FROM MARCOLLAT FIRE ESTIMATED AT $500,000

24/12/2012

A number of stock-losses have been reported as a result of the bushfire that has swept across 5765 hectares of the State's south-east in Marcollat, approximately 20 kilometres south-west of Padthaway.

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) is working with SA Police and PIRSA who upon inspection of the fire ground have identified extensive damage to fencing and some pastures. Including reported stock losses of sheep and cows, damages are estimated at $500,000.

State Coordinator, Mark Thomason, says the losses are an unfortunate consequence of the bushfire.

"We received reports this morning about loss of livestock and also injury to some livestock, and are working closely with PIRSA and land-holders to manage the situation," Mr Thomason said.

"There are currently two local strike teams on the fire ground with support from DEWNR crews who are working with heavy plant machinery to continue strengthening control lines," the State Coordinator said.

"We have also had bombers assisting to manage a flare up that was experienced, with aircraft continuing to support the fire fighting operations that are at this stage concentrating on the eastern flank which is a concern due to the south-westerly winds."

For further information visit the CFS website at www.cfs.sa.gov.au or contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

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