SA Country Fire Service

Incident Update

Message ID: 0005965
Time Message Issued: 10:54
Date Message Issued: 23/01/2022

Origin / Name: COLES



Due to the excellent work by our firefighters, the Coles fire remains contained.

Around 90 firefighters and incident management personnel worked throughout the night utilising thermal imaging cameras to review hotspots and continue blacking out operations to secure the fire edge. This work will continue throughout today.

Professional arborists remain on the fire ground today working with local government in order to assess trees within the fire affected area which may be at risk of collapsing. These efforts will enable unsafe trees to be felled which, when completed, will allow roads to be opened.

The Callendale North Australian Bluegum Plantation will remain off limits to fire crews and the general public due to the high risk of falling trees. Australian Bluegum Plantations crews will be conducting assessments throughout the day to determine the work required to render this area safe.

The following roads will remain closed:

- Elad Rd between Calendale Rd and Spence-Coles Rd,
- Intersection of Claywell Road and Diagonal Road,
- 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 Calendale Road, COLES,
- Conmurra Road, between Ellisons Road and Clay Wells Road, COLES,
- Legges Road, between Conmurra Road and Clay Wells Road, COLES, and
- Calendale Road, between Broadlands Lane and Clay Wells Road, COLES.

The road closures will be reviewed throughout the day and will begin to reopen to the community once assessed as safe to do so.

Smoke may continue to blow across the area and may be seen and smelt by residents across the Lower South East while mopping up operations are conducted. If you are impacted by smoke, close your doors and windows, and stay inside.

The CFS is continuing to provide support to the families, volunteers and staff who were impacted by the tragic incident that occurred on the Coles fireground during Friday, 21 January 2022.

The CFS would like to thank the community of South Australia for their overwhelming support and compassion throughout this difficult time.

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: Jan 23 2022 19:30


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