Gosse fire downgraded as rain falls, Vivonne Bay community meeting

WELCOME MOISTURE: Rain clouds over the Gosse fireground and blue gum plantations.
WELCOME MOISTURE: Rain clouds over the Gosse fireground and blue gum plantations.

The Gosse fire on Kangaroo Island has been downgraded to Advice level as 5.4mm of rain was recorded at Parndana overnight. 

Road Closure restrictions have been modified for the South Coast Road - this road is now open to locals and essential users only.

A community meeting has been set up for 3pm on Saturday, December 8 2018 at pm, at the Vivonne Bay Lodge, at the accommodation decking.

Anyone wanting more information about the current fire status is encouraged to attend this free meeting as the road is now open to local traffic.

In relation to the fire activity, a wind change has impacted the fire-ground. The main concern is the area around Mount Stockdale and the North West corner. Fire continues to burn in those areas in scrub.

The Gosse fire is still about 1300 hectares in size. Local and mainland CFS, Department of Environment and Water, Forestry firefighters and some farm fire units are currently working on the fire-ground overnight, with aircraft on the Island on standby for tomorrow to support fire fighters if required. 

Fire is now at Advice level. If you are in this area stay alert, monitor local conditions and decide what you will do if the situation changes.

Fire is now at Advice level. If you are in this area stay alert, monitor local conditions and decide what you will do if the situation changes.

Motorists are advised not to drive into the Gosse area unless necessary. For those wishing to drive across the Island, the Playford Highway is open and well away from current fire activity.

Smoke continues to be visible across parts of Kangaroo Island.

Road closures as of 9am: 

Road Closure restrictions have been modified for the South Coast Road - this road is now open to locals and essential users only.

Harriet Road has been opened but users of these roads should remain alert to fire conditions in the area.

People who chose to relocate from Vivonne Bay, are advised that the area remains under a "Watch and Act" message. People may now re-enter the area and should remain alert and follow the information provided in that message and enact their Bushfire Survival Plan.

Crabbs Road is now open.

Mount Taylor Road is CLOSED between South Coast Road and East West One Highway.

East West Two Highway is CLOSED between Mount Taylor Road and Harriet Road.

Mount Stockdale Road is CLOSED between South Coast Road and Mount Taylor Road.

Tourists travelling to, or returning from the Flinders Chase National Park are advised to use the Playford Highway NOT South Coast Road.

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

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