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700 FIREFIGHTERS DEPLOYED OVERNIGHT AND EMERGENCY RELIEF AT PORT PIRIE

CFS Volunteers

CFS Volunteers fighting scrub fires in South Australia’s fire prone areas

An emergency relief centre has been established at the Lions Football Club, Mary Elie St, Port Pirie to assist anyone who chooses to leave their home as a result of the Bangor fire burning in the southern Flinders Ranges.

The centre had been set up to provide shelter and refuge to those who wished to leave their properties.

At present there are 700 firefighters, 200 appliances supported by 80 farm fire units deployed across the state as well as a large number of Incident Management personnel managing these incidents.

Firefighters from the SA Country Fire Service, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and Forestry SA are continuing to work on 16 fires that have continued to burn overnight.

The CFS is currently attending a fire in GAWLER RANGES National Park burning along Turkey Flat and Yardea Roads. The Gawler Ranges National Park remains closed whilst fire crews work to control these fires.

Overnight, fire crews from the SA Country Fire Service and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources conducted back burning operations whilst conditions were favourable. Smoke from these fires may impact Minnipa and Wudinna Townships during the day. Turkey Flat and Yardea Roads as well as the Old Paney Senic Route within the park remain closed to all traffic.  Smoke from these fires will be visible from the Eyre highway and road users are urged to use caution.

The CFS advises that the threat posed by the YUMBARRA CONSERVATION PARK fire near Ceduna township including Pureba Conservation Park and Watraba on the West Coast has reduced.

Although the threat has reduced, be aware that some risks are still present.

There may be smoke in the area. Visibility may be reduced and there may be falling trees.

The Bangor fire near Port Germain in the states mid north continues to pose the biggest threat and has the highest concentration of resources committed. Crews have been tasked to asset protection and monitoring the fire edge in difficult and sometime inaccessible terrain.

SA Metropolitan Fire Service Firefighters will be deployed to Port Pirie by 9am this morning to assist with asset protection. A Watch and Act Message is current for this fire.

Bushfire Advice Messages are active for fires at Kiana on the Lower Eyre Peninsula, Billiatt north of Lameroo, Yumbarra Conservation Park due north of Ceduna, Gawler Ranges National Park north of Wudinna and the complex of fires in Ngarkat Conservation Park south of Lameroo.

In total approximately 100 000 hectares of grass, scrub and bushland has been burnt across the state.

Today’s weather will see continued high temperatures and increased wind moving through the state which may hamper firefighting efforts on the firegrounds. Crews will continue to work throughout the day on all fires to establish and strengthen control lines.

Firebombing aircraft will continue to be used across the state including the addition five resources sourced from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

For further information please visit the CFS website http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

17/01/2014