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South Australians hit by a devastating bushfire north of Adelaide will receive free legal aid.

The Law Society of South Australia has released a list of lawyers who can give bushfire victims immediate help while the SA Legal Services Commission has a free advice line.

“People will be confronted with a number of problems when their property is damaged or destroyed, especially if they evacuate with few personal belongings,” Law Society president Rocco Perrotta said.

“One of the most pressing problems that may arise is the loss of personal identification documents. It can be difficult, for example, to access bushfire relief funds if you cannot prove who you are.”

The bushfire has destroyed 85,000 hectares of grass, cropping land and scrub and still has the potential to break out of its existing perimeter, the Country Fire Service says.

*Law Society: 8229 0200 or disaster.planning@lawsocietysa.asn.au

*Legal helpline: 1300 366 424

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