South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) Community Newsletter
Thursday 26 December 2019 – 12:00 noon
What is happening now?
Fire crews are working to build and maintain control lines on the southern edges of the fire ground by searching for, and extinguishing, hots spots with Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC). The southern edge is a priority for operations ahead of expected increasing northerly winds later in the week.
Fire crews will continue to respond to calls for help, or flare ups, within and around the fire ground.
Crews have been establishing mineral earth breaks between Tungkillo and Mt Torrens as a strategic activity ahead of the forecast weather changes.
Today approximately 150 firefighters and 31 fire vehicles will be operating across the fire ground. There are also seven aircraft available to work, including the Ericson Skycrane and four water bombing aircraft.
The fire ground is approximately 23,295ha in size and has an estimated fire perimeter of 184km. Crews will be strategically placed across the fire ground in the coming days.
Support agencies are also working to assess damage and clear roads to allow people back into their properties when safe to do so.
There is a significant police presence on the fire ground with additional patrols active.
What conditions are expected?
Weather conditions will remain warm with low to moderate winds throughout today before temperatures and winds start to increase around the middle of Friday.
Total Fire Ban conditions are forecast to return by Friday. Saturday will be very hot and windy with thunderstorms. Temperatures will continue to increase up until New Year’s Eve with a change due on Monday with strong winds and lightning forecast.
There are still large trees and lots of unburnt vegetation within the fire ground. Any localised winds along with the forecast weather will increase the chances of fire outbreaks. Everyone needs to remain vigilant.
What we are doing?
Crews will continue to work on areas of active fire supported by aircraft. Patrolling and mopping up will be a priority over the coming days. Hot spots are likely to flare up when the dangerous fire weather returns later in the week.
What roads are open?
All roads within the fire-affected areas are now open.
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.