South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) Community Newsletter
Sunday 22 December 2019
What is happening now?
The Fire that started on the morning of Friday 20 December has continued to moderate overnight, however there are still areas of unburnt vegetation throughout the fire ground with the potential for flare-ups.
More than 330 firefighters from 65 fire trucks will be operating on the fireground today which is approximately 25,000ha in size and has an estimated fire perimeter of 127km.
Support agencies are also working to assess damage and clear roads to allow people back into their properties when safe to do so.
Aircraft will also be operational today assisting with containing the fire.
Overnight there is expected to be approximately 150 firefighters from 30 fire trucks working on the fire ground.
What conditions are expected?
Milder weather conditions are expected to continue with an estimate top of 30 degrees over the fire ground with light winds from the east south east in the morning before it changes to a south-easterly direction in the afternoon. This will give crews a further ability to work on containment strategies in an effort to bring the fire under control before temperatures start to increase.
What we are doing?
Crews will continue to work on areas of active fire supported by aviation resources and continue to mop up the fire ground in an effort to ensure the perimeter is secured with the support of heavy plant creating mineral earth breaks.
We will also have ground crews undertaking a strategic burn in the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve along Kangaroo Creek. Residents in the surrounding areas of Montecute, Lenswood, Cudlee Creek and Cherryville will see a smoke plume coming from the burn area, other locations may also see an increase in smoke activity.
This burn will commence at approximately 9:00am and will conclude mid to late afternoon. Residents are asked to remain vigilant and if they are experiencing an increase of smoke in their area to close all windows and doors and remain inside.
What roads are open?
Road closure summary
The majority of roads within the fire perimeter have now been opened to local residents only with proof of residency for example, drivers licence, photo identification or rates notice. Please ensure you carry identification if you need to be on the roads.
There are roads closed to all traffic due to continued risks associated with the fire ground in the following intersections;
Cudlee Creek Road and Gorge Road Lobethal
Neudorf Road and Post Office Road Lenswood
Cudlee Creek Road and Mill Road Lobethal
Mill Road and Lobethal Road Lobethal
Stafford Road and Miller Road Lenswood
Coldstore Road and Fox Creek Road Cudlee Creek.
The community are asked that unless you live in a fire-affected location to avoid driving in the area to allow emergency services and support agencies to do their work safely and efficiently.
We are asking all community members to remain vigilant, if you see unattended fire to phone 000 (triple zero). Due to wind activity embers may continue to fall on your property.
Stay out of fire affected areas, especially areas with trees that have a risk of falling or dropping limbs.
There may be a presence of smoke in the area for some time, close all windows and doors to minimise exposure especially those with respiratory conditions, the young, elderly or ill.
If your property has been affected by fire, please continue to monitor the burnt ground over the coming days and ensure that any flare ups or smoking areas are reported via triple zero.
In some areas there may be tree roots burning underground making the area dangerous to walk on, ensure you are wearing protective clothing when on fire affected areas.
Where you can go
Emergency Relief Centres have been established at the following locations;
Turramurra Recreation Centre, 1000 Lower North East Road, Highbury
Mount Barker High School, 2 Wellington Road, Mount Barker
Relief Centres are providing accommodation and services to assist people who have been displaced. The Centres can also offer access to information and advice regarding insurance claims and access to emergency financial assistance.
Red Cross have a service that allows family and friends to Register, Find and Reunite with
Power has been restored to the township areas of Lobethal and Woodside with work commencing on other areas.
Residents returning home need to be aware that the fire has caused extensive damage and a number of homes are known to have been destroyed. Residents are advised to be alert for dangers on the fire ground especially falling trees, burnt unstable ground and fallen power lines.