Kangaroo Island bushfire - community holds breath for more fire activity on Day 25

6PM: Active areas of fire today included Bark Hut and Seddon in central Kangaroo Island, while Gap Road to the north also flared up back in the Menzies area burned back on December 20. Fire was also active around Vivonne Bay on south coast.

Fresher winds from the south and south east are forecast for this evening and into the night, which could push the fire further north. The CFS updated its damage report to include a total of 65 houses, nine in last Thursday's major flare up. Firefighters had been able to save 150 homes. The fire front was now 120km long and the perimeter was more 588km.

There are 390 firefighters and 400 support personnel involved in the campaign, of which 300 have come from Defence. About 80 CFS fire trucks are being assisted by 130 farm fire fighting units. Five water bombing aircraft and four spotter aircraft worked in the skies.

The fire flare ups in recent days are expected to continue for at least a couple of weeks. Stay vigilant and keep out of harm's way.

CEO of the Kangaroo Island Council Greg Georgopoulos was on hand at the Kangaroo Island Airport to welcome to the Island, on behalf of Mayor Pengilly, the Australian Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the most senior uniformed military adviser to the Minister for Defence is visiting the Island to inspect the wonderful work of the ADF during this bush-fire crisis.

Mr Georgopoulos said: "Having the ADF working side by side with Council and emergency service workers has an uplifting effect. It is not just about their capabilities and resources, just having Australian men and women in uniform on the ground, it is a psychological boost.

The ADF personnel are impressive professionals - full time and reservists. They motivate everyone to keep on pushing through."

1PM: RAVINE FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE - The CFS advises the public that all previous and active fires on Kangaroo Island - including Duncan and Menzies - are referred to as the Ravine fire. Please note that any messages that are labelled as the Ravine fire contain information about fire across the entire island.

The eastern edge of the fire is stable, however there are several hot spots with potential for outbreak today in the following areas:

  • Stokes Bay
  • Cygnet River
  • Vivonne Bay
  • Seal Bay
  • Seddon
  • Birchmore

There are currently two Bushfire Advice Messages in place.

The Bushfire Advice Message on the central part of the island includes Emu Bay, Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Vivonne Bay.

The Bushfire Advice Message on the western side of the island includes Flinders Chase National Park, Ravine de Casoars Wilderness Area and Parndana. This side of the island has already been impacted by the fires, however there are patches that remain unburnt as well as hotspots in places such as creek beds, gullies and in the roots and stumps of burnt trees.

Throughout the area, there are patches of uncontrolled fire and there is a large risk of falling trees within the fireground. Residents inside the fireground also need to be alert of hotspots and re-ignitions. Be aware that there will be numerous roots and stumps smouldering which may still cause fire outbreaks for many days or even weeks to come.

The public should also be aware of smoke in the area which may reduce visibility on the roads and cause concern for those with respiratory conditions.

This afternoon, winds are predicted to turn south to south westerly, before turning south to south easterly during the evening.

There are crews from CFS, MFS, Farm Fire Units and the Department of Environment and Water (DEW), which are actively working to contain fire activity. Pre-emptive work by Australian Army crews are continuing to support firefighting strategies and assist the SES and Salvation Army in the organisation of the base camp.

Army video

If the fire intensity increases, the level of warning messages will be upgraded to assist everyone on the island to understand their risk and enact their Bushfire Survival Plan.

Unburnt pockets of vegetation within the fire perimeter may still catch fire and have the potential to impact on property and other assets. There are a large number of triple zero calls regarding the Kangaroo Island fire. Please consider what the fire is doing and the threat to life and property prior to dialling triple zero. We are utilising multiple aircraft and ground observers to prioritise areas of the fire that require the attention of the fire services. If you see unattended fire, please call triple zero (000).

The identified Bushfire Safer Places for the Island are the townships of Kingscote and Penneshaw. Bushfire Last Resort Refuges are open spaces with little or no facilities. It will be hot, smoky and uncomfortable. There may be ash and smoke in the air. These spaces are the last resort when your plan has failed and you cannot get to a Safer Place. For more information, visit https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/bushfire_safer_places.jsp.

Road access is being continually reviewed and roads may close at short notice. A large amount of roadside markers and signage has been damaged, adding an extra risk to road travel. Refer to www.traffic.sa.gov.au for the latest road closure information.

A Recovery Centre has been established at the Kingscote Football Club, Centenary Ave, Kingscote, and is open 7am to 7pm every day. For more information on Relief and Recovery, visit

SA Water advises everyone on the island to continue conserving water for essential needs only until the entire local water network is back online.

Primary Industries SA (PIRSA) are assessing agricultural losses on the island. Animal owners needing urgent assistance and information can phone 1800 255 556 or visit https://pir.sa.gov.au/emergency_management/bushfires.

Koalas and other wildlife affected by this bushfire must be managed locally and not removed from Kangaroo Island. SA Veterinarian Emergency Management has been activated to manage the wildlife rescue effort. If you find injured wildlife please call 0477 055 233 or email info@savem.org.au.

Blaze Aid are in the early stages of establishing a camp on Kangaroo Island to assist with rebuilding. If you wish to register for assistance or to volunteer, details can be found at https://blazeaid.com.au/kangaroo-island-sa-2019.

For updates visit the CFS website (www.cfs.sa.gov.au) or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

This message will be updated as the situation changes or before: Jan 14 2020 11:00

WHAT TO DO:

  • Check and follow your Bushfire Survival Plan
  • Decide what you will do if the situation changes
  • Look and listen for information on television, radio, internet, mobile phones and by speaking with neighbours

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Do not rely on a single source for warning information.

For emergencies call Triple Zero (000)

11.10AM: An exhausted Kangaroo Island community is waiting for what Day 25 of the bushfire crisis brings with the CFS sending out its latest Advice message for the active fire ground in central part of the Island.

I will update this story through the day and will also keep The Islander Facebook page updated with any new warnings.

The CFS may also conduct a press conference later today and I hope to live stream that for the community.

Fire map showing warning area and burned ground in the hatched area. 11.10am on Monday, Jan. 13

Fire map showing warning area and burned ground in the hatched area. 11.10am on Monday, Jan. 13

Central Kangaroo Island: ADVICE message issued for PLAYFORD HWY/WEST END HWY, RAVINE near Emu Bay, Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Vivonne Bay in the central part of Kangaroo Island.

With today's warmer weather, hot spots on the edge of the fireground could cause outbreaks during the day.

The CFS advises everyone on Kangaroo Island to be vigilant as there may be an escalation in fire activity.

Please monitor your local environment and be aware that fire conditions will be constantly changing throughout the day.

If you are in this area stay alert, monitor local conditions and decide what you will do if the situation changes.

At this time there is no threat to life or property and firefighters are attending this fire.

For updates visit the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

Western Kangaroo Island: ADVICE warning issued for PLAYFORD HWY/WEST END HWY, RAVINE near Flinders Chase National Park, Ravine de Casoars Wilderness Area and Parndana in the western end of Kangaroo Island.

This side of the island has already been impacted by the fires, however there are patches that remain unburnt as well as hot spots in places such as creek beds, gullies and in the roots and stumps of burnt trees.

Please note that not all roads have been assessed for safety and there is potential for fallen trees and other debris on the roads.

For some parts of this large area, there may be smoke present that may reduce visibility on the road and cause concern for those with respiratory conditions.

If you are in this area stay alert, monitor local conditions and decide what you will do if the situation changes.

At this time there is no threat to life or property and firefighters are attending this fire.

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