On days of elevated fire danger, it is important where you are and how to get information about a fire, should one start.
If you haven't done your 5 minute bushfire plan, go to the CFS website cfs.sa.gov.au
For further information contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361
The Country Fire Service states Catastrophic fire danger days to be:
- The worst conditions for a bush or grass fire
- If a fire starts and takes hold, it will be extremely difficult to control. It will take significant fire-fighting resources and cooler conditions to bring it under control
- Spot fire will start well ahead of the main fire and cause rapid spread of the fire. Embers will come from many directions
- Homes are not designed or constructed to withstand fires in these conditions
- The safest place to be is away from bushfire prone areas
On Catastrophic fire danger days you need to ACT NOW
- Enact your Bushfire Survival Plan
- Put your survival first and leave bushfire-prone areas the night before or early in the day – this is your safest option.
- Act immediately – do not wait and see.
- Avoid forested areas, thick bush or long, dry grass.
- Prepare, know and practise a plan for:
- When you will leave
- How you will get there
- What you will do if you cannot leave
- Where you will go
- When you will return
- Prepare for loss of electricity
- Make sure your car has petrol
- Prepare an emergency kit including an alternative source of power for radios and torches, and to keep mobile phones fully charged
- Identify and provide additional care for family, friends and neighbours, especially the vulnerable – including infants, children, elderly, the sick and animals.
Bushfire Safer Places
The CFS classifies the township of Victor Harbor as a Bushfire Safer Place – a place of only relative safety. Properties outside of the township face a higher level of risk compared with those nearer to the centre of the area.
The below image shows the yellow shaded area as Bushfire Safer Places. If you live outside this area the CFS recommend you enable your bushfire plan now.
CFS have also developed fact sheets explaining where to relocate on the days of Severe, Extreme and Catastrophic Fire Danger.
Contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361, for hearing or speech impaired users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361 or teletype service TTY 133 677 then ask for 1800 362 361. Other options are available at National Relay Service.
Or visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au
Check out the CFS Facebook page.