Firefighters have contained a bushfire at Highbury in the Mount Lofty Ranges, with total fire bans remaining in place across six districts in South Australia.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) issued an advice message for the grassfire burning on Gorge Road near Corkscrew Road.

The fire has burnt 2.5 hectares of dense scrub, about one kilometre east of homes on Adelaide’s fringe, and north of the Black Hill Conservation Park.

Highbury is a suburb north-east of Adelaide’s CBD.(Supplied: Country Fire Service)

Approximately 65 CFS volunteer firefighters have been working on the fireground in difficult terrain, supported by six aircraft, including fire bombers and observational aircraft. 

The CFS said Gorge Road was currently closed and motorists should stay away from the area.

Highbury is about 15 kilometres north-east of Adelaide’s CBD.

Adelaide experienced three evenings above 25 degrees Celsius.(ABC News: Che Chorley)

Total fire bans are in force with extreme fire danger ratings for the Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower South East, Yorke Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula and West Coast districts.

A fire at a mulch facility in the Eyre Peninsula has been burning since Sunday morning, but firefighters have contained it.

High temperatures for festival weekend

WOMADelaide and Fringe festival-goers sweltered through temperatures in the high 30s over the weekend and there was little reprieve in the evenings. 

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Mark Anolak said he believed Adelaide experienced its three warmest consecutive overnight temperatures in almost four decades. 

SA Ambulance received at least 50 call-outs to heat-related incidents on the weekend.(ABC News: Che Chorley)

“Three consecutive days above 25 [degrees Celsius] overnight, first time that has happened since 1985,” he said. 

Mr Anolak told the ABC’s Country Hour that heatwave conditions would start to ease after Tuesday.

“For the time being, still very hot across the state, northerly winds being driven across the state by [a] high pressure system over the Tasman Sea,” he said.

On Sunday, it reached a top of 39.9C in Port Pirie, 39.6C in Port Augusta, 39.2C in Mount Gambier, 39C in Renmark and 38C in Adelaide.

The State Emergency Service (SES) forecast extreme heatwave conditions for the Lower Eyre Peninsula today, and severe conditions for ten other districts across the state, including Adelaide. 

WOMADelaide festival-goers sweltered through temperatures in the high 30s(ABC News: James Wakelin)

Cooler conditions are forecast for most of the state later this week, with Adelaide expected to be partly cloudy with a maximum of 34C on Tuesday and 33C on Wednesday.

SA Health Minister Chris Picton said the SA Ambulance Service received at least 50 call-outs for heat-related medical incidents at the weekend.

“We know that heatwaves, particularly prolonged heatwaves, heatwaves where we don’t see the overnight temperature dropping, can have a significant impact on people’s health,” Mr Picton said.

He advised people to stay cool and hydrated to avoid “additional” pressure to the health system.

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