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The latest CFS update of an uncontained fire burning on the northern side of Kangaroo Island

Country Fire Service Community Newsletter Update #3

Current Situation

  • An uncontained fire is burning on the northern side of Kangaroo Island. This is the Duncan fire.
  • There is concern that the weather could increase dangerous fire behaviour before sunrise Monday. There is potential for wind gusts between 60-90km/hr with the weather change, however gusty and erratic winds are expected throughout the day.
  • Should the fire escape from the current area the town siren will sound continually for 3 minutes. At this point, it is too late to leave and you must seek shelter.
  • We expect the township of Parndana to come under ember attack and direct attack from the fire.
  • It is expected that the local road closures will be in place to the north of the Playford Highway from early Monday. Once roads are closed, people may not be allowed into the area for a lengthly amount of time until the risk passes.
  • We encourage people to seek shelter with friends and family preferably in the Kingscote area.
  • Please take your emergency kit with you and if you are taking pets, make sure to bring ample supplies for their needs.
  • A relief area will be set up in Kingscote library and Town Hall.
  • Free camping will be made available at the Kingscote oval.
  • Increased activity on Sunday to further protect the town.
  • Likely to see smoke to the North-West between middle river and Snug Cove.

Duncan Fire

The Duncan fire is approximately 56km west of Kingscote. It is estimated to be 19,000 hectares in size with a fire perimeter of 122km.

  • Work is still being carrier out to secure the perimeter of the fire. Whilst these firefighting operations are being undertaken, some areas remain unsecure.
  • There are large unburnt areas of vegetation and grassland within the fire perimeter that are also of concern. These may increase smoke activity within the fire perimeter.
  • More than 100 firefighters from 23 firetrucks have been operating on the fire ground. These continue to be supported from NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Services) and the Metropolitan Fire Service. Approximately 50 farm-fighting units are providing excellent support to the CFS. We encourage these units to attend the Parndana Staging Area each morning and gain food supplies.

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