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Fire Burning Out Of Control In Black Hill Conservation Park

Fire crews have warned an expected increase in wind speed around 11am could make an out of control fire in Adelaide’s Black Hill Conservation Park even more dangerous.

Crews responded to a fire off Gorge Rd - just 10km north east of Adelaide's CBD - at 2.30am on Wednesday morning and are yet to bring it under control.

The CFS has issued a “watch and act” message for residents in Paracombe, Athelstone, Castambul and Montacute as the fire is burning in all directions.

But the expected 11am increase in wind speed has the potential to push the fire towards Corkscrew Rd. Gorge and Corkscrew Rds are closed to the public with water bombers and more than 100 firefighters battle the blaze which is in steep and largely inaccessible terrain.

The latest update from the CFS, issued at 11.01am on Tuesday is as follows…

CFS crews are currently responding to an uncontrolled fire on Gorge Road at Paracombe, and residents and commuters are advised that Gorge Road has been closed to all traffic. Whilst this fire has been named Paracombe, Paracombe residents are advised that this fire currently poses no threat to that area, and is currently located entirely within the Black Hill Conservation Park, which has been closed to the public.

The fire is burning in very steep and inaccessible terrain in all directions within the Black Hill Conservation Park, in the vicinity of Main Ridge Track, Packers Track, Spur Track and Lodge Track. Crews are being required to work on foot, in challenging conditions. Whilst the fire is currently only burning relatively slowly, weather conditions are constantly changing and the fire continues to have the potential to increase its intensity. An increase in wind speed from the WNW is expected from 11am, and this has the potential to push the fire deeper into the Park towards Corkscrew Road.

The Country Fire Service currently has 24 fire appliances, 7 command vehicles and approximately 140 volunteer firefighters on scene, from across the Mount Lofty Ranges and Fleurieu Peninsula. These are being supported by appliances and personnel from the Department for Environment and Water. The State Emergency Service, SA Police and PIRSA (SAVEM) are also providing invaluable support to the CFS.

Aerial firefighting and observation activities also remain ongoing.


Shapes on this map image indicate the Warning Area to which this message applies. BLUE: Advice Message; YELLOW: Watch and Act Message; RED: Emergency Warning

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.

This message will be updated as the situation changes or before: Apr 17 2019 12:30pm.

Homes that have been built to withstand a bushfire, and are prepared to the highest level, may provide safety.

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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Identify a spot to shelter in, with more than one exit, keep moving away from the heat of the fire.
  • Bring pets inside and restrain them.
  • Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins and outdoor furniture away from your house.
  • Close doors and windows to keep smoke out.
  • If you have sprinklers, turn them on to wet the areas.
  • If your building catches fire go to an area already burnt. Check around you for anything burning.
Do not rely on a single source for warning information. For emergencies call Triple Zero (000)

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