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A search is underway for a person who could have deliberately set fire to some unburnt vegetation on South Australia’s bushfire-ravaged Kangaroo Island.

Just before 5am on Thursday, emergency services personnel spotted a new fire within an already burnt pine plantation along Pioneer Bend Road.

‘Of concern is that they believed they saw a person adjacent to the fire and that person could have been deliberately setting fire to some unburnt vegetation,’ police said in a statement.

Kangaroo Island is unrecognisable after bushfires tore across the area earlier this month

Kangaroo Island is unrecognisable after bushfires tore across the area earlier this month

Kangaroo Island is unrecognisable after bushfires tore across the area earlier this month

‘This action did not result in any damage as it quickly self-extinguished.’

A police officer also saw a torchlight in the same area as the person was seen.

A comprehensive search was undertaken, but the person was not found.

The Country Fire Service is continuing to monitor flare ups from the Kangaroo Island blaze, which could burn for another two weeks.

It has already charred more than through 210,000 hectares inside a 588-kilometre perimeter, destroying 65 homes and hundreds more buildings.

The fires took the lives of bush pilot Dick Lang, 78, and his 43-year-old surgeon son Clayton.

They were killed defending a property when the fast-moving inferno tore through the South Australian island at the start of January.

Pictured: Beloved outback pilot Dick Lang

Pictured: Beloved outback pilot Dick Lang

Pictured: Adelaide surgeon Clayton Lang

Pictured: Adelaide surgeon Clayton Lang

Well-known outback pilot Dick Lang (left) and his son, Adelaide surgeon Clayton Lang (right), died in the Kangaroo Island bushfire after their car was trapped by flames

Tens of thousands of livestock and hundreds of unique bee hives were also destroyed when the island was ravaged by fires.

More than 32,000 sheep losses had been reported to Primary Industries and Regions SA, along with 517 cattle, 65 alpacas and five horses. 

Fears are also held for the Island’s glossy black cockatoos with large parts of the birds’ habitats destroyed by bushfires.

Around 25,000 koalas were also killed. 

A fire burning at the edge of the Playford Highway on Kangaroo Island

A fire burning at the edge of the Playford Highway on Kangaroo Island

A fire burning at the edge of the Playford Highway on Kangaroo Island 

 

DailyMail Online


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