SA Country Fire Service

INCIDENT UPDATE

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Message ID: 0004810
Time Message Issued: 11:21
Date Message Issued: 30/01/2020

Origin / Name: RAVINE

RAVINE FIRE UPDATE

ISSUED FOR RAVINE



Today there are 90 firefighting personnel, with 30 vehicles and with 2 fixed wing rotary aircraft working on the fireground.

The forecast for today, Thursday 30th January, and tomorrow, Friday 31st of January, sees temperatures on the western parts of Kangaroo Island increasing with high winds and little humidity. Some parts of the Island may experience rainfall from mid-morning tomorrow. A Total Fire Ban is in place on the Island, with a rating of SEVERE. While there are rules around what you can and can't do on days of Total Fire Ban, we also ask members of the community to limit any behaviour that could inadvertently result in a fire, such as driving on long grass.

Hot spots are still being found by crews in the Blue Gum Hill, Cygnet River and Vivonne Bay areas and under today's forecast conditions these have the potential to spread. Crews will continue to work on strengthening control lines ahead of the increased Fire Danger Ratings.

The CFS has prepared for the Total Fire Ban by:
Positioning earth moving equipment and water tankers at strategic locations around the fireground;
Adding extra personnel to the fire ground;
Increasing standby emergency firefighting capacity from the local Brigades and Group.

Ground crews and local government 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 www.traffic.sa.gov.au.

A community meeting and free BBQ will be held at 6.00pm this evening at the Parndana Sports Club. A recovery centre is also open from 7am-7pm at Community Health Centre, 12 Jubilee Avenue, Parndana.

The Conservation Parks listed below are open:

Baudin Conservation Park
Lashmar Conservation Park
Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park & Wilderness
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. Seal Bay Conservation Park and associated tours will be closed today due to the forecast fire danger.

Check www.parks.sa.gov.au for updated parks information.

At 6.00pm this evening, there is a community meeting at the Parndana Sports Club with a free BBQ and an opportunity to hear the latest fire updates. A recovery centre is also open from 7am-7pm at Community Health Centre, 12 Jubilee Avenue, Parndana. At 6.00pm there is a community meeting at the Parndana Sports Club with a free BBQ and an opportunity to hear the latest fire updates.

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

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 31 2020 10:00

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:

CFS website : cfs.sa.gov.au
Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361
For hearing or speech impaired users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361
For teletype service TTY 133 677
CFS on Facebook or Twitter
On local ABC radio, FIVEaa, or one of our other Emergency Broadcast Partners.

Do not rely on a single source for warning information.
For emergencies call Triple Zero (000)

End of Message

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 31 2020 12:25

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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