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Message ID: 0004796
Time Message Issued: 09:44
Date Message Issued: 29/01/2020

Origin / Name: RAVINE

Incident Update for Ravine Fire on Kangaroo Island


There are 75 firefighting personnel and 24 vehicles working on the fire ground today.

The forecast for today and Thursday is for increasing temperatures and winds, with reduced humidity. Thursday is forecast to be a day of Total Fire Ban with a Fire Danger Rating of SEVERE.

CFS is preparing for the Total Fire Ban by:

  • Prepositioning earth moving equipment and water tankers to strategic locations around the fire ground;
  • By adding extra personnel to the fire ground;
  • By including emergency fire fighting capacity from the local Brigades and Group.

Hot spots are still being found by crews in the Blue Gum Hill, Cygnet River and Vivonne Bay areas. They will continue to work on strengthening control lines ahead of the increased Fire Danger Ratings.

Ground crews continue working to assess and rectify damage to roads and infrastructure. Access for residents has been restored for many areas of the island. The remaining access restrictions for residents are a priority for Local Government, SA Police and other agencies The main arterial roads of Playford Highway, West End Highway and South Coast Road are open. There is a potential of injury from falling trees in other areas. For the latest road access information please visit

The Conservation Parks listed below are open:

  • Baudin Conservation Park
  • Lashmar Conservation Park
  • Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park & Wilderness
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Visitor Centre at Cape Willoughby Conservation Park

The roads into Flinders Chase are closed to everyone except emergency services and critical services. There is no public access to Flinders Chase National Park and Kelly Hill Caves until further notice. The extent of damage to park infrastructure is still to be properly assessed and it is unsafe for the any members of the public to be in these areas. National Parks and Wildlife SA crews are preparing to rectify the damage so that all parks can be opened to the public as soon as possible.

Check for updated parks information.

SA Power Networks are continuing work on repairing lines to restore power.

Moisture can cause electrical insulators, damaged by the fire, to crack and so power outages may occur as these are identified and fixed.

If you find a non-life threatening tree down which blocking access, call the SA State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

For assistance with injured or distressed animals, native or domestic, by trained and certified personnel, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) can be contacted on:

ph: 1300 477 722

To access updates on your phone, install the Alert SA app at

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 30 2020 10:00


  • 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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