Another emergency bushfire situation unfolding on Kangaroo Island: January 9

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION CONSTANTLY CHANGING, LOCALS SHOULD HEED ALL WARNINGS AND ADVICE.

7.45PM: NEW EMERGENCY WARNING: Issued for the SOUTH COAST OF KANGAROO ISLAND between Stun Sail Boom and Seal Bay, including the township of Vivonne Bay. The CFS at 7pm issued a new WATCH AND ACT message for north eastern Kangaroo Island, including American River, Nepean Bay, Cygnet River, Emu Bay, Brownlow, Bay of Shoals, Wisanger, Smith Bay and the outskirts of Kingscote.

KI fire map - 7.20pm, Jan. 9

KI fire map - 7.20pm, Jan. 9

Residents and tourists are advised that a strong and gusty wind change is impacting on the Ravine Fire, with a large fire front expected to extend to the east from a line currently estimated to be from the Parndana Conservation Park north of the Playford Highway south to East West One Highway.

EMERGENCY warning are still place for central Kangaroo Island including Parndana and Vivonne Bay. In central KI, the scrub fire is burning in a South Easterly direction, but conditions are continuously changing and it is expected the fire will start moving in an Easterly and North Easterly direction during the afternoon and evening. Major roads in the current warning area which may be impacted include Playford Highway, East West One Highway, East West Two Highway, South Coast Road, Airport Road, Birchmore Road, Rowland Hill Highway, Bomb Alley Road, Ropers Road and Bark Hut Road.

Take action now as this bushfire may threaten your safety. If you are not prepared, leave now and if the path is clear, go to a safer place, including Penneshaw. Do not enter this area as conditions are dangerous.

The PLAYFORD HWY/WEST END HWY, RAVINE fire is uncontrolled. This scrub fire is burning in a Easterly Direction direction towards North Eastern Kangaroo Island. Conditions are continually changing.

For updates listen to your local ABC radio station on a battery powered radio, visit the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

The emergency relief centre at the Kingscote Football Club, Centenary Avenue, Kingscote, will remain open tonight until midnight. The centre can provide a safe haven and assistance, comfort and support to people on who cannot return to, or remain at, their home because of the bushfires on Kangaroo Island. The centre will continue to operate from 7am to 7pm from tomorrow.

4PM: The CFS Chief Officer Mark Jones in a press conference said the three fires were being uncontrolled in changeable weather and could not be extinguished.

The fire was impacting on Vivonne Bay and also west and east of Parndana, with 250 firefighters fighting the fires. There had been no reports of additional structure loss.

Aircraft were also working on the fires and had dropped 650,000 litres of product in 182 drops. The Elvis helicopter was on scene using seawater and water was not a problem.

The change was due to hit between 5pm and 7pm and the CFS was concerned about westerly and then southerly and southwesterly winds later in the evening.

This could push the fire further east into more populated areas in the Cygnet River catchment area and possibly to the north.

The was some rain forecast but not enough to reduce the fire that was burning through very dry fuel loads.

The fire was likely to burn for days yet and while there are lower temperatures forecast for tomorrow, Jan. 10, changeable and fresh winds would cause problems.

Kingscote and Penneshaw were the Bushfire Safer Places and anyone on Kangaroo Island should move to the east.

KI fire map - 4.45pm Jan. 9

KI fire map - 4.45pm Jan. 9

3PM: Another emergency bushfire situation is unfolding on Kangaroo Island on Thursday, January 9.

The first Emergency warning of the day was issued for Vivonne Bay at 2.35pm. Parndana at that time remained under a Watch and Act warning.

A second Emergency warning was issued at 3pm for Cygnet River Catchment area, adjoining, and east of the Parndana Conservation Park. This scrub fire is burning in a Easterly direction towards Branch Creek Road, Camelback Road, Playford Highway (east of Parndana Township) Bomb Alley Road and Ropers Road. Conditions are continually changing.

Residents have been advised to leave town of Parndana in the centre of the Island, while the settlement of Vivonne Bay on the south coast came under a relocation yesterday afternoon, Jan. 7.

The current fire front is only 1.5km long and is being actively fought.

The CFS is confident it keep people safe in Kingscote and further control lines were being put in place across the Cygnet River area.

A similar easterly progression is also expected at Vivonne Bay. Residents in the area including the Raptor Domain wildlife park had evacuated.

A westerly and then a southerly wind change is scheduled to hit the fire front between 5pm and 6pm with winds increasing into the evening and overnight up to 60km/h, which could result in fast uncontrolled fire activity.

The fire was impacting on Parndana at about 1pm but farmers in the area to the north have been battling to the outbreaks all night. It is unclear if additional structural damage or what stock losses may have happened.

The CFS gave a press conference at 3pm advising residents of the fire's progress east and the coming weather conditions.

It appears that the Cape Borda weather station on the northwestern tip of the Island at the other end fireground had been lost, but aircraft at about 2pm that the first of the weather change was happening.

The CFS expected the change to arrive on the eastern end of the Island in mid to late afternoon, possibly as late as 5pm when the winds were expected to shift to the west and then the south.

There is concern the change could push the fire front further east to more populated areas. It was still very hot on the Island with temperatures in the mid to high 30s.

Help continues to pour onto the Island with dozens more personnel and equipment from the Australlan Army, including armoured personnel carriers and earth moving equipment.

Earlier on Thursday morning, the CFS announced it had concerns about unauthorised back burning. It is reminding those assisting with the fire not to light a back burn without prior approval.

"Today there will be no back burning in place due to increased winds forecast. Anyone found to be lighting a fire to back burn around the Ravine fireground today may be charged by SA Police."

On the wildlife issue, Parndana is also the location of the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, the main point of wildlife rescue on the Island. The Army has been at the park for the past few days assisting with veterinary care and the building of enclosures.

The owner Sam Mitchell on staff remained on scene with their own firefighting equipment and CFS support, while a earth firebreak had also been laid in.

Many of the smaller animals and helpers had been evacuated.

There is another wildlife drama unfolding on the north coast near Stokes Bay where Anna Horbelt and her partner have been fighting the fire days using their antique fire engine.

We are happy to report that Anna messaged us: "We are fine. Just fighting slot fires like everyone else. We need nothing at the moment and are very well prepped for this."

Meanwhile, SA Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas is on Kangaroo Island and posted a photo with Twiggy Forrest, who owns property at the fire affected DeMole River area on northwest Kangaroo Island.

"Great to catch up with Twiggy Forrest on Kangaroo Island. Today he announced his Minderoo Foundation would contribute $70 million for bushfire response, recovery and resilience. Part of that very generous pledge will support recovery efforts on Kangaroo Island.

Thank you to Andrew and Nicola Forrest, and every South Australian who has donated towards the relief efforts for your generosity."

Read our comprehensive coverage from yesterday, Jan. 8:

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The Islander is keeping residents informed with more warning and incident updates.

6.10PM: KI EMERGENCY WARNING INCIDENT UPDATE: There are two Emergency Warning Messages for the Playford Hwy/West End Hwy Ravine fire:

1. Central Kangaroo Island - including the Parndana township

2. Vivonne Bay township near South Coast Road

There is a risk to life and property and it may be too dangerous to drive. These fires are burning out of control, having breached control lines.

The townships of Kingscote and Penneshaw are considered safer areas and those choosing to leave their homes are advised to move towards Bushfire Safer Places at Kingscote or Penneshaw.

Put your Bushfire Survival Plan into action and stay informed.

If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the fire. The safest place to take shelter is in a solid structure. Bushfire Last Resort Refuges are open spaces with little or no facilities. It will be hot, smokey and uncomfortable. The space is large enough to provide protection from radiant heat and is preferable to being in your car. Your car is the least safe place to be when the firefront approaches.

Safer Places are the best option. For further information on Safer Places, check the CFS website https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/.../prepa.../bushfire_safer_places.jsp.

Do not enter the western end of Kangaroo Island as conditions are dangerous and constantly changing.

There is also a Bushfire Advice Message for the Playford Hwy/West End Hwy Ravine fire issued for the western side of Kangaroo Island from the south coast, approximately 12kms west of Vivonne Bay, to the east of Parndana and to the north coast at Stokes Bay.

The fire is traveling in a south easterly direction changing to an easterly direction in the evening.

The Ravine fire remains uncontrolled and unpredictable in nature and difficult for fire crews to control. Terrain will also determine the speed and distance the fire travels. If you are unfamiliar with the local landscape, you are advised to remain at the eastern side of the island.

ROAD CLOSURES:

All roads on the western side of Kangaroo Island are closed. This includes a line from Stokes Bay to Cygnet River along Birchmore Road to the south coast.

ROADS POTENTIALLY IMPACTED:

Include Playford Hwy, East West One Hwy, East West Two Hwy, South Coast Road, Airport Rd, Birchmore Road, Rowland Hill Hwy, Bomb Alley Rd, Ropers Rd, and Bark Hut Rd.

The CFS advises everyone on Kangaroo Island to check and follow their Bushfire Survival Plan.

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 09 2020 20:00

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:

CFS website : cfs.sa.gov.au

Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361

For hearing or speech impaired users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361

For teletype service TTY 133 677

CFS on Facebook or Twitter

On local ABC radio, FIVEaa, or one of our other Emergency Broadcast Partners.

Do not rely on a single source for warning information.

For emergencies call Triple Zero (000)

CFS incident report 12.10pm:

CFS advises that the predicted weather for Kangaroo Island today is highly likely to cause breakouts at multiple points along the fire perimeter.

Please note that CFS warning messages issued today for Kangaroo Island are likely to cover large areas on the map and contain text descriptions of multiple areas of concern. It is vital that CFS incident updates and warnings are read in full as the area that affects you may be at the end of the message.

Overnight and into this morning, crews have been actively fighting outbreaks at Deep Creek Gully, Bark Hut and Yerda. These outbreaks remain uncontrolled.

The wind direction has already changed today and further changes are expected, which will affect the direction of the fire. Northerly winds will persist through the early afternoon before a change to the north-west. Westerly winds are forecast for the evening.

Terrain will also determine the speed and distance the fire travels. If you are unfamiliar with the local landscape, you are advised to remain at the eastern side of the island.

ROAD CLOSURES:

All roads on the western side of Kangaroo Island are closed. This includes a line from Emu Bay to Seal Bay along Birchmore Road.

Roads that are currently open, including Playford Highway and Timber Creek Road, may become unsafe to travel as the fire progresses today. If you are planning to leave Parndana, please consider leaving early whilst the roads are open and safe.

If you cannot leave, identify where you shall seek shelter from the fire. The safest place to take shelter is in a solid structure within a Safer Place. Bushfire Last Resort Refuges are open spaces with little or no facilities. It will be hot, smokey and uncomfortable. The space is large enough to provide protection from radiant heat and is preferable to being in your car. Your car is the least safe place to be when the firefront approaches.

Safer Places are the best option. Kangaroo Island Safer Places are in Kingscote and Penneshaw. For further information on Safer Places, check the CFS website https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/bushfire_safer_places.jsp

Do not enter the western end of Kangaroo Island as conditions are dangerous and constantly changing.

Fire is currently heading in a southerly direction towards Parndana.

The CFS advises everyone on Kangaroo Island to check and follow their Bushfire Survival Plan.

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 09 2020 14:00

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)

Million-dollar recovery grant for bushfire-hit communities on Kangaroo Island

Bushfire-hit communities in the Kangaroo Island Council area will be able to rebuild vital infrastructure sooner with an initial and immediate $1 million grant from the Morrison Government.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the Kangaroo Island Council would be able to choose the best way to use the money to help its community recover.

"This means locals can get out and rebuild what's important to people on the Island," Senator Ruston said.

"This could go into rebuilding or improving roads and other community infrastructure.

"It can also go to hiring staff to help with the recovery, or staging local events to attract more tourists and business to Kangaroo Island.

"This will help get the local economy moving which will help speed up recovery."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his Government was committed to working hand in hand with regional communities to rebuild towns and villages.

"These payments will provide immediate assistance directly into the hands of local councils to rebuild roads and infrastructure, employ staff to help in recovery activities and hold events which bring the community together and bring tourists back to town," the Prime Minister said.

"We are moving immediately to support local councils and our funding will be in state government bank accounts by tomorrow.

"Importantly this is a base payment and just the start of our support for local communities, in what we know will be a long recovery."

Funding will be directed to councils which have been 'activated' by their respective state government for Category C bushfire disaster recovery relief under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Payments will not require matched funding from state governments.

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the focus would be on supporting local communities.

"I've made it clear this won't be a Canberra led recovery, it'll be a locally led recovery and this is our first instalment in that process. We're empowering local governments to be part of that process today. We're committed to rebuilding communities but also the lives of those impacted by these devastating fires," Minister Littleproud said.

Funds will be drawn from the $2 billion allocated to the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and this is in addition to funding that is automatically available to councils through other disaster recovery arrangements.

The lump sum payments will be delivered by the Commonwealth by the close of business tomorrow to State Governments who administer payments to councils.

The only condition placed on councils is that they develop a Program of Works within three months and report back to the Commonwealth in 12 months' time.

Councils will be able to spend their $1 million payments on projects and activities that they deem essential for the recovery and renewal of their communities, including:

  • . Rebuilding damaged or destroyed council assets such as key local roads, bridges, and community facilities;
  • . Employing additional local staff to take on specialist recovery or planning roles to help coordinate and plan the rebuilding effort;
  • . Hosting new public activities and events to bring communities together and attract visitors back to affected regions; and
  • . Immediate maintenance and repairs to relief and evacuation centres.

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