FIREFIGHTERS battled blazes across Eyre Peninsula yesterday and dangerous conditions are expected to continue this morning.
Strong northerly winds fanned flames sparked by lightning strikes as firefighters tackled up to 20 blazes, adelaidenow reports.
Residents in the area, west of Cleve, were warned to put their bushfire survival plans into action late yesterday afternoon.
Total fire bans are in place for six districts today as hazardous conditions continue across much of the state.
A CFS spokesman said while there were officially about eight fires burning at 6pm, crews were constantly reporting new fires and there might have been as many as 20.
Residents at Waddikee and Darke Peak were advised to prepare for a bushfire in the area as flames burning in crops at Cootra, about 50km west of Kimba, headed towards the towns.
"The fire is not controlled and conditions are continually changing," the CFS warned. Residents who planned to leave their homes, or those who were not prepared, were told to leave the area if there was a clear route to safety.
Other areas affected by fires included Cleve, Lock, Warramboo and Wudinna.
Further lightning strikes and strong winds overnight were expected to cause more fires.
The weather bureau predicts some relief as a cold front crosses the peninsula about midday today but not before further lightning strikes and strong winds this morning.
Strong northerly winds ahead of the front are expected to create further problems for firefighters.
"It'll be a pretty significant weather day so it's not good news for those fires," said senior forecaster Brett Gage.
"We'll see a clearing of storms on the Western Eyre Peninsula during the late morning to early afternoon."
Patchy showers were also predicted for the area but it was unlikely to provide much respite for firefighters.
"The main area of rain is probably going to be a little bit east of there, some may get a bit of assistance but we're only expecting five to ten millimetres," Mr Gage said.
In the Adelaide Hills a grass fire, which spread from a torched car, burned about 5ha of scrub at One Tree Hill and sparked fears of a firebug in the area.
Crews were called to Yorktown Rd when the blaze started about 7.30am.
Forty CFS and MFS firefighters extinguished the fire.
Police were investigating.
The CFS is also urging people to check and follow their bushfire survival plan and prepare for a bushfire in your area.
* If your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leave now, the CFS says.
* Only leave if the path is clear to a safe place.
* People also should not enter this area as the roads may not be safe.
* Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety.
For information about bushfires, check the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au or call the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.
Read more at AdelaideNow.