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Message ID: 0004754
Time Message Issued: 16:44
Date Message Issued: 19/01/2020

Origin / Name: RAVINE

Kangaroo Island Fires Incident Update


A Bushfire Advice Message remains current for this fire.

Crews have continued to work at the planned burn at Vivonne Bay today, residents with the township and surrounding areas may continue to see smoke in the area. This burn will help ensure there is minimal ground fuel in the scrub area that leads towards the township and assist with controlling the fire.

Control lines have also been created along Stockdale Road, Vivonne Bay, utilising heavy plant machinery.

A blanket of firefighting suppressant foam has been laid within the Pine Plantations off Bark Hut Road, Cassini, this will assist with extinguishing areas that are currently smoulding. This work has been undertaken as the rows between each of the pines are too narrow to fit firefighting trucks. Residents in the area are asked to avoid disturbing or touching the foam. This system is also planned to be used within the fireground east of Vivonne Bay to provide further protection.

Aerial water bombing aircraft have been working in the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area, off South Coast Road, in response to a number of identified smouldering patches of scrub.

Roadsides continue to be cleared to make these areas safe for traffic movement.

Whilst there have not been any significant break outs, there are still hot spot areas being identified within the burnt ground.

CFS ground observers are checking on control lines and using thermal imaging cameras to identify hot spots.

As part of ongoing restorations of power on to the Island within the Flinders Chase National Park a drone has again been engaged to assist with the connection of cables in the area. This work is being undertaken in consultation with CFS air operations to ensure safety of all aircraft operating on the Island.

More than 1800 cruise ship passengers from Princess Cruises Sun Princess visited the many Kangaroo Island towns and tourist attractions today, before departing at approximately 6pm this evening. The event was a boost to the Island's many tourism areas.

Roads continued to be monitored and assessed for changes to the closure to allow further access to residents and tourist on the island. Please ensure you visit for the latest updates.

Anyone traveling on fire impacted roads need to be aware that road conditions have changed. Road safety signage has been destroyed across much of the fire ground. Driving with care and caution at reduced speeds is essential to your safety.

Emergency services and Australian Defence Force personnel may be stationed at various road closures.

Whilst some areas of Kangaroo Island have seen valuable rain today, much of the fire effected areas have not received any and are still reliant on efforts of firefighting crews.

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

This message will be updated as the situation changes or before: Jan 20 2020 09:30


  • Check and follow your Bushfire Survival Plan
  • Decide what you will do if the situation changes
  • Look and listen for information on television, radio, internet, mobile phones and by speaking with neighbours


Do not rely on a single source for warning information.

For emergencies call Triple Zero (000)

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