SA Country Fire Service

Incident Update

Message ID: 0005943
Time Message Issued: 23:03
Date Message Issued: 21/01/2022

Origin / Name: COLES

Coles Bushfire in the Lower South East


More than 160 volunteer firefighters from across South Australia and Victoria remain on the Coles fireground, near Lucindale in the state's lower south east, which continues to burn freely within control lines. Firefighters will be on the fireground overnight, strengthening control lines and extinguishing hot spots against the fire edge. Firefighter numbers will reduce to 80 on the fireground at 2am, ahead of additional resourcing commencing on the fireground tomorrow morning.

The CFS is continuing to provide support to the families and brigades of two CFS members who were involved in an incident at the Coles fire, involving a falling tree. The incident resulted in one fatality and has left one volunteer in a serious condition in hospital.

The Coles fire is burning in bluegum plantations, scrub, and grassland. The hard work of CFS volunteers has prevented the loss of any private property or assets. CFS volunteers are working alongside and with the support of numerous agencies including NPWSSA, Victoria's CFA, Farm Fire Units, forest industry crews and heavy plant machinery. In addition SA Police, SES, St John SA and Salvation Army continue to provide support to fire fighters and the community.

Aerial firefighting resources continued supporting crews until last light and will recommence operations early Saturday morning.

Smoke will continue to blow across the area and will be seen and smelt by residents across the Lower South East. The community is reminded to monitor conditions throughout the next few days, with conditions expected to continuously change.

Current road closures:
Elad Rd between Calendale Rd and Spence-Coels Rd
Intersection of Claywell Road and Diagonal Road and the intersection
Corner of Conmurra Road and Andres Lane
Corner of Andres Lane and Legges Lane
Calendale Road from Broadlands Lane in the north to Clay Wells Road in the south
Elad Road, between Conmurra Road and Spence-Coles Road, COLES
Diagonal Road, between Clay Wells Road and Callendale Road, COLES
Conmurra Road, between Ellisons Road and Clay Wells Road, COLES
Legges Road, between Conmurra Road and Clay Wells Road, COLES
Callendale Road, between Broadlands Lane and Clay Wells Road, COLES

For updates visit the CFS website ( or phone the Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

This message will be updated as the situation changes or before: 22/01/2022 09:00


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