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BUSHFIRE RECOVERY UPDATE

Updated 27 January 2020

Unfortunately some parts of the Adelaide Hills have been impacted by the Cudlee Creek (Hollands Creek Road) bushfire that started on 20 December 2019. It directly affected the communities of Brukunga, Charleston, Cudlee Creek, Gumeracha, Harrogate, Kenton Valley, Lenswood, Lobethal, Mount Torrens and Woodside. Fire reached the actual townships of Lobethal, Woodside, Charleston and Mount Torrens but fortunately the townships were saved.

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) has advised that the fire is now SAFE and CFS crew are no longer in attendance. There is no threat to life or property but as is always the case when traveling to a rural area in Fire Danger Season, visitors are encouraged to remain vigilant and informed - stay alert, monitor local conditions and have a plan if conditions change

All roads are open and with very few exceptions tourism businesses in the directly impacted areas are welcoming visitors.

Many parts of the region were not impacted directly at all including Hahndorf, Stirling, Aldgate, Balhannah, Birdwood, Bridgewater, Crafers, Echunga, Littlehampton, Macclesfield, Meadows, Mount Barker, Mylor, Nairne, Norton Summit, Oakbank, Summertown, Uraidla, and Verdun. 

For the privacy and wellbeing of residents who have been impacted please keep to the main roads and be sensitive to people’s loss particularly by not entering damaged or burnt out properties. 

See tips and trip ideas for visiting the bushfire affected areas >

See information about summer events and seasonal highlights in the Adelaide Hills >

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If you'd like to help people directly impacted by the fire, consider a donation to the State Emergency Relief Fund or St Vincent de Paul's SA Bushfire Appeal. To help care for the wildlife injured by the fire options include donating to Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue or Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital. To help re-establish habitat, particularly for threatened or vulnerable species, you can donate to the Wildlife Recovery Fund - a partnership between National Parks & Wildlife Service SA and Nature Foundation SA. Other great ways to help the Hills community include visiting the region or purchasing Adelaide Hills produce including wine from many of the impacted growers and producers. If you love a drop of Adelaide Hills wine you might like to contribute to the local wine industry's appeal that will help with recovery efforts.

Adelaide Hills Tourism joins the entire region in thanking the Country Fire Service and other emergency and support services (farm fire units, MFS, National Parks, Forestry SA and other emergency and recovery agencies and volunteers) for their heroic efforts to save many lives, wildlife, livestock, properties and tourism businesses, and to facilitate a united and effective recovery effort. The CFS Foundation looks after volunteer firefighters and is more than worthy of everyone's support.

Our thoughts continue to be with those who have suffered a loss as a result of the fires.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Visitors to the Adelaide Hills (and indeed any region in South Australia) should be alert to the possibility of bushfire, particularly during the summer months and on days with high temperatures, wind and low humidity. Please know your risk and what you need to do to stay safe in the event of a fire.

The Adelaide Hills is contained within the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District. This is District 2 on the South Australian Country Fire Service Website.

The South Australian Country Fire Service Website is the best source of information on current incidents, warnings, fire danger ratings and fire bans. You can also use the CFS Facebook page (@CountryFireService) and CFS Twitter account (@CFSAlerts) to stay informed. Further bushfire safety information is available by contacting the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 (TTY 13 36 77) or on local radio (emergency radio broadcasts on ABC Adelaide 891 AM) - you may need a battery-powered radio in case power supply is disrupted.

Fire Danger Ratings

South Australian fire danger ratings are outlined on the South Australian Country Fire Service website. Please use caution when visiting the Adelaide Hills on catastrophic, extreme and severe fire danger days in particular, and note that some attractions including the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and National/Conservation Parks may be closed on such days.

Fire Bans

During the Fire Danger Season, generally from 15 November or 1 December to 30 April, there are strict conditions for lighting any fire, including a campfire. On Total Fire Ban Days all fires are banned. Visitors should familiarise themselves with and abide by restrictions (see the South Australian Country Fire Service website) as heavy penalties apply for causing a fire in South Australia.