Hundreds Of Gas Canisters Have Been Found Where Bushfire Started

Apr 17, 2019

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Hundreds of butane gas canisters have been found at the spot where the Paracombe fire started, which has been burning out of control just northeast of Adelaide city.

By 12.29pm the CFS was advising Paracombe residents were no longer under threat and the fire was burning entirely within Black Hill Conservation Park.

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Issued for Black Hill Conservation Park and surrounding areas near Paracombe, Athelstone, Castambul and Montacucte in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Whilst this fire has been named Paracombe, Paracombe residents are advised that this fire currently poses no threat to that area and is located entirely within Black Hill Conservation Park which has been closed to the public.

CFS crews continue to work on the uncontrolled fire and residents and commuters are advised that Gorge Road is closed to all traffic.

The fire is burning in very steep and difficult terrain within the Black Hill Conservation Park, in the vicinity of Main Ridge Track, Packers Track, Spur Track and Lodge Track. Crews are working on foot in challenging conditions.

Whilst the fire is burning relatively slowly, weather conditions are constantly changing. An increase in wind speed from the WNW is expected during the day and this has the potential to push the fire deeper into the Park towards Corkscrew Road and increase the fire behaviour.

There are currently 24 fire appliances, 7 command vehicles and approximately 140 volunteer firefighters on scene including appliances and personnel from the Department for Environment and Water, also supported by The State Emergency Service, SA Police, SA Veterinary Emergency Management and Primary Industries and Resources SA.

Aerial firefighting and observation activities remain ongoing and are actively working to suppress this fire.

The Country Fire Service as the local community residing or travelling near the Black Hill Conservation Park to remain vigilant and be aware of the potential for conditions to change. Residents need to be prepared to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan should fire conditions worsen.

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