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BUSHFIRE: Warning as fire ignites on Kangaroo Island

The Country Fire Service (CFS) is actively responding to the fire near Karatta on Kangaroo Island. Residents in the area are advised to stay alert and keep abreast of local conditions.

A bushfire at Karatta, near Mount Taylor and Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) are asking those in the area to monitor the conditions.

At this time there is no threat to life or property and firefighters are attending this fire.

More information will be provided by the CFS when it is available.

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

No homes are built to withstand these fire conditions, however they can be used as a shelter against heat from the fire.

You may lose power, water, phone and data connections.

Fire crews are responding but you should not expect a firefighter at your door.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Check and follow your Bushfire Survival Plan.
  • Protect yourself from the fire’s heat – put on protective clothing.
  • Tell family and friends of your plans.

IF YOU ARE LEAVING:

  • Leave now, don’t delay.
  • Roads may become blocked or access may change. Smoke will reduce visibility.
  • Secure your pets for travel.
  • If you become stuck in your car, park away from bushes, cover yourself, get onto the floor as the windows may break from the intense heat.

IF YOU ARE NOT LEAVING; PREPARE TO DEFEND:

  • Identify a safe place inside, with more than one exit, before the fire arrives. Keep moving so you are away from the heat of the fire.
  • Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins and outdoor furniture away from your house.
  • Close doors and windows to keep smoke out.
  • Bring pets inside and restrain them.
  • If you have sprinklers, turn them on to wet the area.
  • If your building catches fire, go to an area already burnt. Check around you for anything burning.

STAY INFORMED

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.

FOR EMERGENCIES CALL TRIPLE ZERO (000).

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