Bushfire traveller safety

At work or on holidays, stay safe while travelling this bushfire season

Information Hotline 1800 362 361 (TTY 133 677)

Know your risk

Fire Ban Districts

Fire restrictions apply throughout South Australia's Fire Ban Districts during the Fire Danger Season. Knowing which Fire Ban District you are visiting is the first step in finding out which restrictions apply.

Which Fire Ban District are you travelling through?

Fire Danger Ratings

The Fire Danger Rating is an indicator of how dangerous a bushfire could be if it occurs, not the likelihood of it happening. Understand the Fire Danger Rating to assess your level of bushfire risk and decide what actions to take.

Do you know today's rating?

Total Fire Bans

The CFS may declare Total Fire Bans in some Fire Ban Districts or even across the whole state on days when high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity could cause fires to become uncontrollable. Barbecues and camp fires are banned on these days.

Do you know what you can and can't do today?

Do you know today's rating?

To find your District, Rating or if it's a Total Fire Ban:

Hearing or speech impaired? Contact us via the National Relay Service – by calling TTY 1300 555 727 or through other contact options available at relayservice.gov.au

Call 000 to report a fire.

Be aware of the Fire Danger Rating and know what to do

Fire Danger Ratings

Catastrophic (Total Fire Ban)

  • Leaving high risk bushfire areas the night before or early in the day is your safest option – do not wait and see.
  • Avoid forested areas, thick bush and long, dry grass.

Extreme (Total Fire Ban)

  • If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving high risk bushfire areas early in the day is your safest option.
  • Be aware of local conditions and get information.

Severe (Total Fire Ban)

  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety – check your Bushfire Survival Plan.
  • If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.
  • Be aware of local conditions and stay informed.

Very High/High/Low-Moderate

  • Check your Bushfire Survival Plan.
  • Monitor conditions.
  • Leave if necessary.

Stay safe while travelling in South Australia

Bushfires can occur without warning and can quickly impact your travel route or holiday location.

  • Know the risk of the area you're travelling in: know the Fire Ban District and the Fire Danger Rating
  • Modify or postpone your travel plans when dangerous fire weather is forecast
  • Know what you can and can't do on fire danger days
  • Stay safe on fire danger days; plan safer activities and know where the nearest Bushfire Safer Place is
  • Keep woollen blankets, first aid kit, protective clothing (not synthetic) and sturdy boots, food and plenty of water in your car
  • Let family, friends or colleagues know where you will be and when and if your plans change
  • Know what to do if there is a bushfire in the area
  • Stay alert and informed

On fire danger days

Fires that start on Total Fire Ban days will be more dangerous but many fires start in less than severe conditions.

  • If your travel or activities take you into high risk areas, can you postpone your trip, plan a different route, swap to an activity that is safer or not banned on Total Fire Ban days?
  • Can a work-related job be done on another day/safer location?
  • Do your plans involve activities or tools banned on a Total Fire Ban day?
  • Where is your nearest Bushfire Safer Place if a bushfire threatens?

You could be at risk travelling in the country during the bushfire season. Recognise the warning signs, and learn what to do to keep yourself safe.


Avoid bushwalking on Total Fire Ban days, but if you are caught in a bushfire:

Do not try to outrun the flames.

  • Head for a natural fire break, e.g. clearing or rocky outcrop
  • Keep away from high ground in the path of the fire
  • Cover yourself or shelter behind a solid object (e.g. a rock or solid structure) to protect yourself against radiant heat

Camping and houseboats

If camping, staying in a caravan park or travelling in a houseboat:

  • Ask if there is a Bushfire Safer place or safe area nearby
  • Sheltering in a brick toilet building or shower block might be an option
  • Be careful using generators
  • Make sure you are familiar with local restrictions applying to fires and barbecues
  • If you are visiting a national park, contact your local parks office or ask the Rangers about the local fire and barbecue regulations. Some parks are closed on fire danger days so you may need to leave your campsite

If you are caught in the path of a bushfire

A car is one of the deadliest places to be in a bushfire.

The only sure way to survive is to be nowhere near the fire.

  • If you see smoke, slow down and be aware there could be people, vehicles or animals on the road
  • Turn around where safe to do so and drive to the nearest township or Bushfire Safer Place
  • Pull over to the side of the road and stop your vehicle in a clear area
  • Turn your car headlights on and close windows and outside vents
  • Ensure you are not in the path of the fire
  • Keep your headlights and hazard lights on and wait until the smoke clears

If you can't escape the path of the fire.

  • Stay inside your vehicle – it offers better protection than being in the open
  • Park in a clear area, preferably behind a solid structure to block some of the radiant heat
  • Face your car towards the fire
  • Turn the engine and air-conditioning off
  • Tightly close the doors, windows and air vents
  • Lie on the floor and shelter under woollen blankets to protect yourself from radiant heat
  • Avoid dehydration: drink lots of water
  • Heat and smoke from the fire and fumes from the car may make breathing difficult – stay under the blankets and cover your mouth with a P2 mask
  • Stay down until the sound of the fire has passed, carefully leave the car (it will be hot)
  • Move to a safe area (e.g. land that has already burnt)

Where to go on fire danger days

Leaving a high risk bushfire area early, before a fire starts, is always the safest option for your survival.

We have identified places that can offer relative safety from a bushfire.

Bushfire Safer Places

  • Adelaide Metropolitan area, outer suburbs and rural settlements. Use if you need to relocate early.
  • Suitable for use during forecast bad fire weather or during bushfire.
  • May be subject to sparks, embers and smoke.

Bushfire Last Resort Refuge

  • Ovals, buildings in rural areas. Use only if your plan has failed.
  • Not suitable for extended use and provides only limited protection during bushfire.

Stay informed

Listen for emergency warnings and alerts

Area Station Frequency
Adelaide ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Adelaide Cruise 1323 1323 AM
Adelaide FIVEaa 1395 AM
Adelaide Nova 919 91.9 FM
Adelaide Mix 102.3 102.3 FM
Adelaide Triple M 104.7 FM
Adelaide Hit 107 107.1 FM
Andamooka ABC Radio North & West 105.9 FM
Ceduna ABC Radio Eyre Peninsula 693 AM
Ceduna Flow FM 106.1 FM
Clare/Mid North ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
Clare/Mid North ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Clare/Mid North Flow FM 107.5 FM
Coober Pedy ABC Radio North & West 106.1 FM
Coober Pedy Flow FM 99.7 FM
Coonalpyn Flow FM 97.7 FM
Glendambo ABC Radio North & West 106.1 FM
Kapunda/Barossa ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
Kapunda/Barossa ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Kapunda/Barossa Flow FM 99.5 FM
Kingscote ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Kingscote Flow FM 95.5 FM
Kingston SE ABC Radio South East 1161 AM
Kingston SE Flow FM 107.3 FM
Leigh Creek Coalfield ABC Radio North & West 99.3 FM
Leigh Creek Coalfield ABC Radio North & West 103.3 FM
Leigh Creek South ABC Radio North & West 1602 AM
Leigh Creek South ABC Radio North & West 103.3 FM
Maitland ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Maitland ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
Maitland Flow FM 90.9 FM
Marree ABC Radio North & West 105.7 FM
Minlaton ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Minlaton ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
Minlaton Flow FM 98.9 FM
Mintabie ABC Radio North & West 88.7 FM
Mt Barker ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Mt Barker Cruise 1323 1323 AM
Mt Barker FIVEaa 1395 AM
Mt Barker Nova 919 91.9 FM
Mt Barker Mix 102.3 102.3 FM
Mt Barker TripleM 104.7 FM / 98.3 FM
Mt Barker Hit107 107.1 FM / 90.3 FM
Mt Gambier ABC Radio South East 1476 AM / 1161 AM
Mt Gambier Triple M 963 AM
Mt Gambier Hit 96.1 96.1 FM
Murray Bridge ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Murray Bridge 5MU 1125 AM
Murray Bridge Power FM 98.7 FM
Naracoorte ABC Radio South East 1161 AM
Naracoorte Hit 96.1 96.1 FM
Naracoorte 5SE 963 AM
Padthaway ABC Radio South East 1161 AM
Padthaway Flow FM 100.3 FM
Pinnaroo Flow FM 96.5 FM
Pinnaroo ABC Radio Riverland 1062 AM
Port Augusta ABC Radio North and West 639 AM
Port Augusta 5AU 1242 AM
Port Lincoln ABC Radio Eyre Peninsula 1485 AM
Port Lincoln 5CC 765 AM
Port Lincoln Magic 899 89.9 FM
Port Pirie ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
Prominent Hill Flow FM 91.3 FM
Riverland 5RM 801 AM
Riverland ABC Radio Riverland 1062 AM
Riverland Magic 931 93.1 FM
Roxby Downs Flow FM 97.9 FM
Roxby Downs ABC Radio North & West 102.7 FM
Streaky Bay ABC Radio Eyre Peninsula 693 AM / 102.7 FM
Streaky Bay Flow FM 99.3 FM
Victor Harbor ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
Victor Harbor ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
Victor Harbor Power FM 99.7 FM
Woomera ABC Radio North & West 1584 AM
Woomera Flow FM 101.7 FM
Wudinna ABC Radio North and West 639 AM / 693 AM
Wudinna 5CC 765 AM
Wudinna Flow FM 106.9 FM
Yalata ABC Radio North & West 105.9 FM