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Six homes confirmed gone but dozens feared lost in SA fires

Country Fire Service volunteers work next to a burnt out shed near One Tree Hill in the Adelaide Hills, northeast of Adelaide on January 3, 2015. Houses were lost as an intense bushfire raged out of control in South Australia on on January 3, as authorities warned the state faced its worst wildfire danger since deadly 1983 blazes.
Country Fire Service volunteers work next to a burnt out shed near One Tree Hill in the Adelaide Hills, northeast of Adelaide on January 3, 2015. Houses were lost as an intense bushfire raged out of control in South Australia on on January 3, as authorities warned the state faced its worst wildfire danger since deadly 1983 blazes. AFP Photo / Brenton Edwards

DOZENS of homes are feared lost and more than 11,000 hectares have been burnt, as firefighters continue to battle blazes in the Adelaide Hills.

CFS said six homes could be confirmed destroyed, but that number is expected to rise as assessments are carried out.

A fire burning at Sampson Flat was declared a major emergency by authorities on Saturday, who described the fire conditions as the worst since Ash Wednesday in 1983.

About 300 firefighters were patrolling the Sampson Flat fire's 175-kilometre perimeter overnight, with shifting winds complicating matters.

The CFS has downgraded the fire from an emergency to a "watch and act" alert and expect to have a better idea of the extent of the damage later this morning.

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