Bushfire information and resources for visitors to the Adelaide Hills.
The Cherry Gardens Hicks Hill Road fire that started on 24 January impacted parts of Dorset Vale, Bradbury, Scott Creek and Cherry Gardens. Monitor Country Fire Service updates on their Facebook page and website.
If you would like to help native animals affected by the bushfire please consider supporting or donating to the following organisations:
Unfortunately some parts of the Adelaide Hills were 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 townships of Lobethal, Woodside, Charleston and Mount Torrens but fortunately the townships were saved.
All roads are open and with very few exceptions tourism businesses in the directly impacted areas are welcoming visitors.
For the privacy and wellbeing of residents who have been impacted please keep to the main roads in impacted areas and be sensitive to people’s loss particularly by not entering damaged or burnt out properties.
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.
The CFS Foundation looks after volunteer firefighters and is more than worthy of everyone's support.
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.
Other Key Information Sources:
Traffic SA website - for road closures in the case of bushfire
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.
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.