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Bushfire arrest amid high SA fire danger

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A teenager has been charged with starting a bushfire in Adelaide's south as the South Australia braces for a day of high fire danger.

Fire crews are on standby, command centres are ready to go and water-bombing aircraft have been prepared with SA facing hot and dry conditions.

Dangerous conditions have been declared in most districts for Monday, prompting total fire bans amid warnings the scrub is ready to burn.

On Sunday night crews responded quickly to a small grass fire on the grounds of Flinders University where security spotted two people fleeing the scene.

Police searched the area and found a set of house keys which led them to a nearby property where they arrested a 17-year-old.

He was charged with causing a bushfire and was refused police bail to appear in Christies Beach Youth Court on Monday.

Investigations into the identity of the second suspect continue.

Country Fire Service duty commander Brenton Hastie said the underlying dryness across SA means fires can become dangerous very quickly.

"We had a later start to the season but we're now into January and the fuel is completely cured which means fires can burn to their maximum," he said.

"So tomorrow is a day of concern for us. An extreme fire danger rating does mean that a fire has the potential to absolutely threaten lives and homes."

The Bureau of Meteorology said Adelaide will have a top temperature of about 37C but the mercury will push into the 40s in some regional centres.

Winds will also rise, contributing to the fire danger on Monday morning, but conditions will start to ease later in the day as a cooler change moves through.

Temperatures will be milder for the rest of the week.

An extreme fire danger rating is forecast for the Lower South East, while a severe fire danger rating has been set for the Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland, Mount Lofty Ranges, Murraylands, Kangaroo Island and Upper South East.

© AAP 2021

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