Preemptive relocation issued for Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island south coast, fire warnings likely to upgrade

KI fire map - 2.45pm Wed., Jan 8
KI fire map - 2.45pm Wed., Jan 8

The CFS at 3pm on Wednesday, January 8 announced a preemptive relocation for people in the settlement of Vivonne Bay on the south coast of Kangaroo Island.

The area is not under threat currently and the concern is for tomorrow. The evacuation will last 36 hours and police will remain in the area as long as it is safe.

The CFS said the unusual step was being taken because of the concern of worsening weather tomorrow and the high fuel-load in the area.

The order could impact on about 140 people and the Bushfire Safer Places were Kingscote and Penneshaw.

Emergency services are also monitoring the status of Parndana and additional warnings could be issued if the weather and fire situation deteriorates.

The fuel loads were less at Parndana and the CFS is confident it can protect the town.

At Vivonne Bay, police are going through the heavily-wooded community and surrounding the surrounding area, advising any remaining residents to leave now, although most would have left already.

A large day-lodge at Vivonne Bay is the location of the lunch area for KI's main tour operator SeaLink and there are other tourism operations in the area. The area is behind the current road closure area and so is closed to tourists.

NSW and Victorian large air tanker aircraft were in bound to drop retardant near Vivonne Bay before 1pm as a fire preventative measure if weather conditions worsen.

There has also been strategic backburning and strengthen of control lines on the south coast in the area and elsewhere on the Island.

The main area of concern with fire activity today was Stokes Bay.

Please be aware of warnings today and obey road closures.

The eastern edge of the fire runs between the south coast (west of Vivonne Bay) and the north coast (around Stokes Bay).

The earlier incident report released at 10am advised residents to prepare for a change in wind direction today as winds swing to the east and north east.

This will increase the risk of the fire travelling in a southerly direction towards a number of communities including Parndana, Andamel and Vivonne Bay.

As the weather potentially deteriorates tomorrow, the CFS is also watching the situation at Parndana, which also lies east of the current fire front.

The CFS will update and extend the warning to Watch and Act and then Emergency as necessary. Residents are urged to keep up to date with the warnings, on the ABC radio and the CFS apps and website.

Parndana is Kangaroo Island third's largest town with a population of about 150 people many of which leave spread out on farms around the town.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and SA Premier Stephen Marshall visited.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and SA Premier Stephen Marshall visited.

The KI Emergency Management Team in conjunction with Army earlier this week moved away the forward operations base further east to the KI Airport near Kingscote, the Island's largest town.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and SA Premier Stephen Marshall visited the base on Wednesday afternoon, to make announcements along with Army leaders on the relief and recovery effort.

Stay tuned to the Islander website and Facebook for updates on the fire situation and recovery effort.



Today (Wednesday, January 8, 2020) South Australian Police (SAPOL) are undertaking a pre-emptive relocation of people in Vivonne Bay on the South Coast of Kangaroo Island.

This is a pre-emptive relocation due to the increased fire risk in the next two days. Currently, there is no immediate threat to life or property.

With increasing wind, warmer weather and going fires on Kangaroo Island, this situation is likely to change.

SAPOL will be advising all people in the area to relocate out of Vivonne Bay to a safer place. People will not be permitted to re-enter the area until Friday, January 10, if it is deemed safe to do so.

SAPOL will be patrolling the area to ensure people comply with this advice to ensure the safety of community and visitors.

There will be more roads closed from 3pm this afternoon and existing road closures will be more stringent. For more information, visit

CFS is taking this action due to high fuel loads and poor defendability under these conditions should the fire break control lines and threaten Vivonne Bay.

Communities to the north including Andamel and Parndana are advised to put their Bushfire Survival Plan into action. If you are not prepared, it is advised that you relocate early to a safer place before conditions worsen tomorrow.

Visitors who need to relocate are advised that there is free camping and caravaning on the Kingscote and Penneshaw ovals (within CFS Bushfire Safer Places).

For people who require assistance, an Emergency Relief centre is open from 7am to 7pm at the Kingscote Football Club, Centenary Avenue, Kingscote.

For updates visit the CFS website ( or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

This message will be updated as the situation changes or before: Jan 08 2020 22:00


  • 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


Do not rely on a single source for warning information.

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