7 Jan 2012

Rain brings relief for South Australia's fire crews

8:15 pm on 7 January 2012

South Australia's Country Fire Service says a fire that has burned 8000 hectares in the state's upper north should be contained by the end of the weekend.

The ABC reports that wet conditions are helping fire crews battle the blaze, which is 40 kilometres south-east of Port Augusta and reached within 5km of Wilmington.

Farmers have lost fencing along with pastoral land, and have been forced to destroy stock.

Incident controller Mark Thomason says the north-western front is still burning out of control but the threat has been reduced.