Brush fire threatens Australian city

Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM

PORT LINCOLN, Australia, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Firefighters are battling a brush fire that has burned more than 1,200 acres near the coastal city of Port Lincoln in South Australia, officials said.

Large plumes of smoke and ash could be seen across the Eyre Peninsula and nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as a precaution, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

There were no initial reports of any damage or injuries.

The fire broke out at Mungerowie Scrub, west of Port Lincoln, and advanced to just over 4 miles from the city.

Malim Watts of the County Fire Service said the intensity of the fire has been reduced but homes could still be at risk.

"I can't emphasize enough the fact that people need to be vigilant," he said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korea blasts arrival of U.S. submarine in South Korean port
U.S. lottery lowers portion of cash allocated to jackpot prize
South Korea rescues 5 North Korean sailors
F-16, Cessna planes collide midair in South Carolina, killing two
Colorado court to hear baker's appeal over gay wedding cake