South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) Community Newsletter
Monday 23 December 2019
What is happening now?
The fire that started on the morning of Friday 20 December 2019 has continued to moderate overnight, however there are still areas of unburnt vegetation throughout the fire ground with the potential for flare-ups and active fire in the North West.
Approximately 200 firefighters from 40 fire trucks, supported by 20 Farm Fire Units, will be operating on the fire ground 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.
What conditions are expected?
Milder weather conditions are expected to continue with an estimate top of 34 degrees over the fire ground with light winds from the east will allow crews 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.
What roads are open?
Road closure summary
All roads have now been opened to local residents only with proof of residency. For example, drivers licence, photo identification or rates notice. Please ensure if you need to be on the roads to carry identification. SAPOL may permit workers with photo identification who have a legitimate reason for entering the area through road blocks.
Drivers are advised to use extreme caution as there may be stock wandering across roads due to damaged fences and visibility may be reduced. Speed restrictions will likely be in place in some areas. Landowners are asked to secure stock.
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.