On the 20th December 2019 several lightning strikes impacted the Western end of Kangaroo Island, the Ravine Fire travelled in a Northerly direction towards the Playford Hwy.
On Friday 31st January 2020 the SA Country Fire Service declared the Kangaroo Island Fire Complex as controlled after it has burnt approximately 48% of the island, 210606 hectares. This doesn’t mean the fire has been completely extinguished as there are still areas within the burnt ground that are being patrolled.
Over the last few days parts Kangaroo Island has had significant rainfall, this has currently suppressed fire activity minimising further impact to the Kangaroo Island community.
Crews from SA Country Fire Service and National Parks and Wildlife Services are on the fire ground today, continuing to mop up and look for hot spots.
Over the next week, the SA Country Fire Service will be relocating some trucks and equipment back to the mainland, as many of these resources are no longer required. However, the fire service is committed to supporting the community and a number of trucks will stay on Kangaroo Island in case they are needed in the future.
The SA Country Fire Service is encouraging landholders to continue patrolling their properties, if community members see smoke and need assistance they are asking them to call the Incident Management Team on 8553 4446.
Fire crews continue to work in collaboration with all agencies from Kangaroo Island and personnel from the mainland to ensure the fire edge is completely secure, this will continue until the fire is declared to be safe.
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: Feb 03 2020 13:30
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