The CFS has a great social media presence informing you of current incidents, and spreading important community safety updates, warnings and news.

Information Hotline

We provide information to the community through the Information Hotline on 1800 362 361 (TTY 133 677) including:

  • Fire Danger Ratings
  • Fire Restrictions
  • Fire Bans
  • Fire Regulations
  • Incidents
  • Information relating to Bushfire Survival during bushfires.

Listen to a recorded message about Fire Restrictions or Incidents, or speak to an operator for more information.

We provide incident information as it becomes available from the fire ground.

CFS State Operations Support Brigade volunteers and SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) respond on the Information Hotline when it is operating at CFS Headquarters.

Subscribe to CFS emails

To increase access to SA Country Fire Service bushfire warnings and other important information, we maintain an email subscription service.

We use emails to provide information on bushfires and other incidents CFS are attending, as well as other useful CFS information and diary dates.


Members of the media can subscribe to the Media Mailing List (this is a service exclusively for media personnel and not available to members of the public).

'Watch and Act' and 'Emergency Warnings'

Emergency Services are committed to providing timely and accurate information to the community during emergencies, including bushfires.

We issue warnings when a fire has started and you need to take action.

Make sure you understand what the three levels of warnings are and what they mean.

Emergency warning

Issued when a bushfire is burning out of control under very high to catastrophic weather conditions. It indicates:

Watch and Act

Issued when there is a potential threat to public safety in the immediate area of a bushfire to tell you:

  • a fire is approaching you
  • conditions are changing
  • you need to take action now to protect your life and your family.


This is general information to keep you up to date with developments. It advises you:

  • a fire has started
  • there is no immediate danger.

We will issue Watch and Act and Emergency Warning Messages through communication channels including local ABC AM and FIVEaa radio stations.

These messages will include:

  • the location of the fire
  • where it is expected to move next
  • the risks to people in the area
  • what you are advised to do about those risks
  • where you can find more information.

Radio updates

You can listen to one of our Emergency Broadcast Partners for emergency warnings and alerts:

  • ABC is the official Emergency Broadcaster - local ABC radio stations broadcast the emergency warnings and alerts relevant to their area
  • FIVEaa Radio
  • Sky News Television
  • Commercial Radio Australia

Download the full list of our Emergency Broadcast Partners.

We recommend you keep a battery powered or wind-up torch and radio ready in case the power fails during an emergency. Test the batteries regularly.

Emergency broadcast partners

Location Station Frequency
Adelaide ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  Cruise 1323 1323 AM
  FIVEaa 1395 AM
  Nova 919 91.9 FM
  Mix 102.3 102.3 FM
  Triple M 104.7 FM
  SAFM 107.1 FM
Andamooka ABC Radio North & West 105.9 FM
Ceduna ABC Radio Eyre Peninsula 693 AM
  Flow FM 106.1 FM
Clare/Mid North ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
  ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  Flow FM 107.5 FM
Coober Pedy ABC Radio North & West 106.1 FM
  Flow FM 99.7 FM
Coonalpyn Flow FM 97.7 FM
Glendambo ABC Radio North & West 106.1 FM
Kapunda/Barossa ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
  ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  Flow FM 99.5 FM
Kingscote ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  Flow FM 95.5 FM
Kingston SE ABC Radio South East 1161 AM
  Kix FM 90.7 FM
Leigh Creek Coalfield ABC Radio North & West 99.3 FM
  ABC Radio North & West 103.3 FM
Leigh Creek South ABC Radio North & West 1602 AM
  ABC Radio North & West 103.3 FM
Maitland ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
  Flow FM 90.9 FM
Marree ABC Radio North & West 105.7 FM
Minlaton ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
  Flow FM 98.9 FM
Mintabie ABC Radio North & West 88.7 FM
Mt Barker ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  Cruise 1323 1323 AM
  FIVEaa 1395 AM
  Nova 919 91.9 FM
  Mix 102.3 102.3 FM
  TripleM 104.7 FM / 98.3 FM
  SAFM 107.1 FM / 90.3 FM
Mt Gambier ABC Radio South East 1476 AM / 1161 AM
  Triple M 963 AM
  SAFM 96.1 96.1 FM
Murray Bridge ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  5MU 94.3 FM / 96.3 FM / 97.1 FM
  Power FM 98.7 FM
Naracoorte ABC Radio South East 1161 AM
  SAFM 96.1 96.1 FM
  Star FM 100.9 FM
Padthaway ABC Radio South East 1161 AM
  Flow FM 100.3 FM
Pinnaroo Flow FM 96.5 FM
  ABC Radio Riverland 1062 AM
Port Augusta ABC Radio North and West 639 AM
  5AU 1242 AM
Port Lincoln ABC Radio Eyre Peninsula 1485 AM
  5CC 765 AM
  Magic 899 89.9 FM
Port Pirie ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
Prominent Hill Flow FM 91.3 FM
Riverland 5RM 801 AM
  ABC Radio Riverland 1062 AM
  Magic 931 93.1 FM
Roxby Downs Flow FM 97.9 FM
  ABC Radio North & West 102.7 FM
Streaky Bay ABC Radio Eyre Peninsula 693 AM / 102.7 FM
  Flow FM 99.3 FM
Victor Harbor ABC Radio Adelaide 891 AM
  ABC Radio North & West 639 AM
  Power FM 99.7 FM
Woomera ABC Radio North & West 1584 AM
  Flow FM 101.7 FM
Wudinna ABC Radio North & West 639 AM / 693 AM
  5CC 765 AM
  Flow FM 106.9 FM
Yalata ABC Radio North & West 105.9 FM

* Frequency information accurate as at September 2020. Broadcast areas are indicative only and reception depends on weather and local geographical conditions.

Alert SA

The Alert SA Mobile App provides timely, relevant bushfire information to the South Australian community for the bushfire season. To download Alert SA, or learn more about the App, visit

Emergency Alert

Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used by emergency management agencies.

Emergency services may send you an emergency warning message about fire, flood or extreme weather events to your landline or mobile.

The Emergency Alert service is available across all telephone networks.

You do not need to register for Emergency Alert.

Learn more about this system at


NBN in Emergency Events

Your home phone, computer or mobile device connected to the NBN will not work if there is a power failure during an emergency.

You may not be able to call 000 to access emergency services from your home phone or connected devices.

You may not receive an emergency alert warning message.

In planning for emergencies, consider taking the following actions:

  • as part of your emergency plan, think about what you will do and what your options may be to get help if you need it
  • make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, and have a charged power pack as a back up
  • connecting with your neighbours before, during and after an event is important; you may need to rely on each other for help
  • consider multiple options to keep informed during emergencies, such as listening to local ABC Radio
  • include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit
  • purchase basic supplies and fuel your car as banking and electronic purchasing services may not be available during emergencies.