Lightning-sparked fire in pine plantation at Middle River, KI

CFS crews have contained a fire sparked by lightning that was burning in plantation pine trees at Middle River on Kangaroo Island.

The fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday, smoldering overnight and then on Sunday was burning in plantation timber just south of the intersection of Range Road and Mays Road near Stokes Bay.

Five CFS crews and appliances, including from Stokes Bay and Parndana, responded to the fire at 12.19pm on Sunday, December 2.

KI Deputy CFS Group Officer Kayne Davis said the lightning struck pine four trees in about a 1-hectare area of the plantation. 

One of four trees struck by lightning in the Middle River pine plantation. Photo supplied

One of four trees struck by lightning in the Middle River pine plantation. Photo supplied

Mr Davis arranged for a CFS observation plane to fly over all of Flinders Chase National Park and the other major scrub areas on the Island on Sunday looking for any further fires from Saturday’s thunderstorm.

“We’re still on high alert for the next couple of days, as lightning fires can pop up several days after the lightning storm. Fortunately we got onto this one fast,” Mr Davis said.

The Middle River pine plantation fire as seen from the CFS obervation plane. Photo supplied

The Middle River pine plantation fire as seen from the CFS obervation plane. Photo supplied

The CFS responded to multiple fires resulting from lightning strikes associated with the front that moved across South Australia on Saturday. 

There were concentrated strikes in the Kangaroo Island, Clare Valley, Mid North, Lower South East and Eyre Peninsula areas.

If you see a fire, call 000 immediately or contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

The fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday, smoldering overnight and then on Sunday was burning in plantation timber just south of the intersection of Range Road and Mays Road near Stokes Bay.

The fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday, smoldering overnight and then on Sunday was burning in plantation timber just south of the intersection of Range Road and Mays Road near Stokes Bay.

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