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MAITLAND FIRE… A giant blaze threatened townships and almost cost one man his life on central Yorke Peninsula last Friday. Pictured in the aftermath, flames fly as Cameron McCauley starts the clean up on his father’s farm near Maitland. MAITLAND FIRE… A giant blaze threatened townships and almost cost one man his life on central Yorke Peninsula last Friday. Pictured in the aftermath, flames fly as Cameron McCauley starts the clean up on his father’s farm near Maitland. PHOTO: Rod Penna

LUCKY ESCAPE

Efforts of firies, vital cool change, save towns from fire

LIGHTNING ignited a fire which took off rapidly to the west of Arthurton and Weetulta, and beelined towards Maitland, in catastrophic conditions at about noon Friday, December 20.

CFS Yorke Valley Group had a team on active standby due to the predicted weather, and members sprang into action after witnessing at least four lightning strikes.

Group officer Andrew Cadd said if it hadn’t been for the team on standby, it would have taken at least 20 minutes for crews to be called out — and the result could have been very different.

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