Finniss fire threat remains


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JANUARY 6, 8.50pm: Fire services remain focused on a fire burning at Finniss, south-east of Adelaide, with a Watch and Act warning still in place.

CFS crews have contained a large fire that came within metres of homes at Sevenhill earlier this week.

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4pm update: Fire crews have contained the fire at Finniss and are monitoring hot spot areas. Seven appliances are at the scene at the moment.

Vineyards have lost stock and there are no official reports of lost livestock. It is hoped the fire will be extinguished tonight.

No water bombers were used yesterday or today.

CFS advises visitors to the area and home owners there is still a fire risk and caution should be taken at all times. 

JANUARY 4, 8.40PM update: The Finniss fire has been downgraded to Watch and Act, but the CFS continues to warn that there is an ongoing risk to Finniss and surrounds. Residents should remain ready to enact bushfire safety plans.

4.51PM update: Wildlife Welfare Organisation’s Rena Robinson is based at Frome Road, Currency Creek and can see the Finniss fire from her property.

The fire is not posing a threat to her property and little birds are taking refuge under a sprinkler on her front lawn to beat the heat. Some have died.

“I’ve had little birds on my door step not coping with the heat,” she said.

Volunteers are on standby in case the animals need to be evacuated from her premises.

South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) 

Call 0434 114 628 if you see an animal that’s in distress.

3.58PM update: A serious bushfire burning out-of-control will change direction in the next few minutes and put more lives and homes at risk.

The uncontrolled fire at Finniss near Winery Road, Gilbert Siding Road and Sorrells Road may change and threaten residents' safety.

CFS expects that a change in the wind direction or fuel type at about 4pm may cause the fire to change direction or accelerate and move towards Finniss. Properties Andrina Park, Merdia, Gutteridge, Reedlands and Tucker Ford are also at risk. 

These properties are near Winery Road, Sorrells Road, Finniss to Clayton Road, Finniss to Milang Road and Strathalbyn to Goolwa Road. People in this area may be threatened by this fire from now.

Check and follow your bushfire survival plan. Take shelter when the fire arrives and protect yourself from the fires heat.

Only leave if the path is to a safe place.

You should not enter this area as the roads may not be safe.

Homes that are situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire, that are prepared to the highest level and actively defended, may provide safety.

3.45PM update: Strike teams have been deployed to the out-of-control bushfire at Finniss.

60 firefighters are battling the fire on the ground, while 15 tankers and four water bombers, including an air crane, are also fighting to bring the fire under control.

CFS said they were notified of the fire, currently burning in grass and scrub, at about 1.20pm. 

3.10PM update: Finniss resident Diane Bell said: "We have evacuated and looks like it will be OK but the smoke was too close and moving fast, so we implemented our plan and left."

Kerri Bartley at the Lakes Hub at Milang said smoke is visible from the town.

Ms Bartley said they heard the sires go off an hour and a half ago and are watching the CFS website for updates.

They have not yet received an SMS saying the fire is a threat to Milang.

2.45PM update: The serious bushfire burning out of control at Finniss is now posing a risk to the properties Reedlands, Gutteridge and Merdai.

The fire is now near Winery Road, Gilbert Siding Road and Sorrells Road.

The uncontrolled grass fire is a risk to lives and homes.

Victor Harbor and Hindmarsh Valley appliances were seen travelling towards the scene at 2.40pm. This is in addition to water bombers who are already on scene.

1.30PM update: The CFS has issued an emergency warning for an out-of-control bushfire which is threatening lives and homes at Finniss.

The uncontrolled fire, burning in grass, is near Gilberts Siding Road, Ness Road and Strathalbyn-Goolwa Road. It is travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Gilberts Siding and Finniss.

Water bombers have been sent to combat the fire.

CFS advises there is a risk to lives and homes, and recommends those in the area check and follow their bushfire survival plans.

CFS also recommends those in the area:

- Take shelter when the fire arrives and protect yourself from the fire's heat.

- Only leave if the path is clear to a safe place.

- You should not enter this area as the roads may not be safe.

- Homes that are situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire, that are prepared to the highest level and actively defended, may provide safety.

For information about bushfires, check the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au or call the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

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