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Man arrested for lighting bushfire as hot weather kicks off



The first fire was reported to the Country Fire Service along the side of the Flinders Highway about 8.30am on Tuesday, and was quickly extinguished, before a second fire was reported a short time later, about a kilometre away. Two further fires were reported in the grass along the Flinders Highway at locations north of Streaky Bay just before 1.30pm the same day. A witness told police a man was seen on the highway at the time of the fires. Police arrested the Goodwood man, 45, and charged him with four counts of intentionally lighting a bushfire. He was refused bail, to appear in the Ceduna Magistrates Court on Wednesday.It comes as temperatures ramp up and high fire danger warnings are issued across the state from Wednesday into the weekend. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tom Boeck said temperatures are rising to peak at 37C for Friday and Saturday in Adelaide. “It looks like a hot end and a hot start for the year,” Mr Boeck said.“Other parts of the state are also going to be heating up by the time we get to Thursday and Friday, northern parts of the state will be in the very hot range, so starting to ramp up in those parts.“There’s elevated fire danger right through the state as the temperatures increase over the next few days.”Fire danger ratings are high and very high for most regions of the state from Wednesday. “Certainly the peak of the temperatures will be the Flinders and the Pastoral districts on Sunday and Monday, where temperatures will get to the middle 40s,” Mr Boeck said. Adelaide is forecast to reach 33C Wednesday, 35C Thursday, and 37C for Friday and Saturday.  

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