Australia bushfires: Kangaroo Island town told they have five minutes to evacuate

Army Reserve soldiers  unload supplies on Kangaroo Island on Wed, Jan 8.
Army Reserve soldiers unload supplies on Kangaroo Island on Wed, Jan 8. Photo credit: Getty

Residents on Australia's Kangaroo Island were informed they had just five minutes to leave their homes as the army coordinated a frantic evacuation from an uncontrolled bushfire.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) reportedly went door-to-door in a desperate attempt to get people out as the out-of-control blaze drew closer to the town of Parndana.

A 10 News reporter confirmed that locals were told they had just five minutes to get out.

Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young tweeted that Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park has also been evacuated.

The Country Fire Service has issued an alert for the western side of Kangaroo Island, saying the current fire extends from the south coast to the west of Parndana and to the north coast at Stokes Bay. 

"A total fire ban has been declared for Kangaroo Island on Thursday, January 9, with a forecast Fire Danger Rating of severe," says the alert, last updated at 2:30pm (NZ time).

"Under the forecast conditions, outbreaks are possible and these may threaten your safety."

According to ABC, the main road to Parndana has been closed with ADF personnel continuing to assist evacuation efforts. Road blocks have been set up around the perimeter of the town.

Kangaroo Island's weather conditions are fostering the flames, with gusty winds and temperatures rising to 40C. 

A video shared by Advertiser journalist Gabriel Polychronis showcases the enormity of the blaze. The flames reportedly hit the township's perimeter at roughly 5pm (NZ time).