A massive bushfire in Southern Australia has claimed two lives, in addition to thousands of animals. With the death toll expected to rise even more, the fire spread across 27 miles has already destroyed numerous buildings, homes and vehicles.

In addition to the two individuals left dead, 13 more have been hospitalised since the fire hit the Pinery region, including five critically injured. One of the critically injured patients has 80 percent burns and two of them are firefighters.

At least 22 outbuildings and 16 homes have also been destroyed in the Pinery fire. In addition, destruction of a large piggery at Wasleys and a large water tank has also been reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. Other townships affected by the fire include Freeling, Kapunda, Owen, Tarley, Hamley Bridge and Greenock.

Although the fire has not spread overnight and cooler temperature and winds are expected to cool down the situation a bit today, the Country Fire Service (CFS) authorities have warned that the area is still unsafe and is hit by uncontrolled blaze.

Meanwhile, South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill confirmed The Guardian that it is the “worst of news” and that Pinery fire has consumed more than 85,000 hectares of cropping land, grass and scrub.

Although a joint investigation team has been established, the cause of destruction at Mallala and Wasley remains unknown. More investigation is supposed to be carried out today by the officials.

In a similar incident, four people were killed last week when a series of wildfires was triggered by lightning in Western Australia. Although wildfires occur annually in Australia during the summer season, the rising temperatures across the area suggest that climate change could increase the strength and duration of fire season.

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