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No charges over Pinery bushfire in SA

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016

No charges will be laid over the deadly Pinery bushfire near Adelaide in 2015 following the closure of the police investigation.

The task force looking into the blaze, which claimed two lives, has determined that a car battery left alongside a wire fence in a paddock was the most likely ignition point.

"There are no charges being considered against any person as the cause of the fire is not believed to be from any criminal act," police said.

As well as claiming two lives, the Pinery fire destroyed close to 500 buildings as it burnt through more than 82,000 hectares of farming land in November last year.

A recent independent review found that the severe weather conditions at the time prevented emergency services from quickly bringing it under control.

But it also identified several ways the Country Fire Service (CFS) and the SA Government Radio Network could better handle fires of such magnitude.

These included improvements in incident management, public information, intelligence gathering and sharing, relocating people and working with other agencies.

The review also found the radio network was overloaded with irrelevant traffic-causing congestion and delayed messages.

The police investigation found that the fire had burnt for some time without spreading from its original location before it was detected and reported to the CFS.

A police report was still being prepared for the state coroner who was also expected to conduct an inquiry.

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