A major emergency has been declared at Sampson Flat in the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges, north-east of Adelaide, South Australia. The out-of-control bushfire is acting erratically and unpredictably, and is burning freely in all directions, driven by shifting, gusty winds and scattered thunderstorms.
My first two images of the forming smoke clouds were taken yesterday afternoon, and the following four images were taken at about 10am this morning as massive smoke clouds built up again. I live a safe distance away near to the south of Mount Lofty, so am able to take these photographs from an elevated position looking north-east across the Adelaide Hills. These fascinating and quite spectacular formations are only a minor part of the devastation happening unseen to me down on the ground, and I hope that the great work of all our emergency services can save lives and property over the coming days that this fire is expected to burn.