SA Country Fire Service

INCIDENT UPDATE

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Message ID: 0004766
Time Message Issued: 10:21
Date Message Issued: 21/01/2020

Origin / Name: RAVINE

Incident Update - Ravine, Kangaroo Island

ISSUED FOR RAVINE

A Bushfire Advice Message is current for this fire.

Overnight firefighters continued to work on reported hot spots, mopping up, gathering intelligence and securing control lines in preparation for the increase in wind conditions during Wednesday and Thursday.

Late yesterday small break outs occurred in the Mount Taylor Conservation Park and also to the north of the park, crews will continue to work in this area today.

A section of Cygnet River is also an area of focus for ground crews today due to a number of hot spots being identified.

The use of a Large Air Tanker will be undertaken later this morning, there will be a requirement to block the Playford Highway for up to 30 minutes whilst it undertakes operations to strengthen control lines.

As the wind increases over coming days it is expected that more hot spots will be identified by both ground and air crews. If you see any areas where there is smoke or flames not attended by firefighting resources please dial Triple 0.

The Australian Defence Force has increased specialist equipment at Penneshaw to assist with the desalination plant operations, in an effort to bring the islands water supply back to normal levels.

National Parks will also begin a program to ensure there are measures in place for the control of feral animals on the Island. Many native species are on the move to find new areas for food and refuge.

Now that many areas of the Island are open to the public, we remind the community of the dangers of driving in fire affected areas. Road signage and conditions have changes, trees will continue to fall causing blockages, wildlife will be wandering on to roads and there are a lot of emergency services and supporting agencies working in these areas. Drive to the conditions, and stay on sealed roads. Road blocks are in place for a reason, please do not drive around them.

A number of supporting agencies are using drones to assist with their operations, this is being undertaken in consultation with CFS Aviation officers to ensure safety of all aircraft operating on the island.

It is requested that the public do not walk in fire affected areas as the ground presents many hazards, may continue to be hot and may not be stable.

For updates visit the CFS website (www.cfs.sa.gov.au) or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

This message will be updated as the situation changes or before: Jan 21 2020 19:30

WHAT TO DO:

  • 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

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Do not rely on a single source for warning information.

For emergencies call Triple Zero (000)

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