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Cudlee Creek CFS Newsletter 2

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.

Please be advised that road access is being continually reviewed and roads may close at short notice. Refer to Traffic SA for the latest information.

What you can do

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

These centres are open from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm each day. The Centres can also offer access to information and advice regarding insurance claims and access to emergency financial assistance.

Bushfire safer places

Bushfire safer places are located in Adelaide, Murray Bridge and Mount Barker.

Disaster Recovery Hotline: 1800 302 787


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.

Where you can get information

Bushfire Information Hotline

Phone 1800 362 361

TTY 133 677

Country Fire Service (CFS) website

Page last updated : 27 Dec 2019

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