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The dust cloud was over 300 metres high and 500 kilometres long and was composed of an estimated 50,000 tonnes of topsoil from the drought-ravaged Wimmera and Mallee areas of north-west Victoria.
Leading a dry cool change and preceded by record temperatures, the dust storm cut visibility in Melbourne to 100 metres, creating near darkness for almost an hour.
Within hours, multiple reports of breaking fires quickly began to deluge Victoria's and South Australia's emergency services. "The petrol in the emergency pump just vaporised with the heat" said Kym Bonython. Across the road at Pine Lodge (formerly the Mt Lofty Tea Rooms), the resident rolled out the property's fire hose, connected it to the working diesel pump, only to find that embers were already burning numerous holes in the hose, rendering it useless.
The first big bushfire occurred on 25 November 1982 and was followed by large fires on 3 and 13 December 1982.
Even before 16 February, fires were already causing destruction in Victoria.
More than 60% of the houses lost in South Australia were in the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Of the 26 people who died in South Australia, 12 were in metropolitan areas, including four in the Adelaide suburb of Greenhill.
The fires became the deadliest bushfire in Australian history until the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. Over 3,700 buildings were destroyed or damaged and 2,545 individuals and families lost their homes.