Bushfire Safety


Bushfire prevention is a year-round responsibility and a necessity for property owners in the Urban/Rural interface of the Council area it is far more than a weekend cleanup just prior to the bushfire season. Recent Fires in South Australia have shown that Bushfires can have a significant impact on areas across the Urban/Rural Interface. An appropriately maintained garden and well prepared house can minimise the risk of a bushfire impacting on you and your family.  Making an informed decision well in advance of a bushfire whether you should stay in your house or go is perhaps the most important decision you and your family. Some areas within the Urban/Rural interface may only have one access point in and out of the area in the event of an emergency these areas may need to be accessed by emergency services vehicles.

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Fire Danger Season

The Fire Danger Season in the Mount Lofty Ranges generally begins each year on 1 December and goes through to 30 April, however these dates are subject to change with current weather conditions. Find out more about fire safety and restrictions at http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au.

Bushfire Safety

Ensure your property is bushfire ready all year round by following these handy hints: 

  • Cutting grass to approximately 10cm/4 inches
  • Removing dead branches, leaves and undergrowth
  • Pruning tree limbs less than two metres above ground
  • Removing bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and any other flammable materials
  • Clearing your gutters
  • Securing flammable chemicals in an enclosed shed away from your house

For more information on preparing your home for the event of a fire, please visit http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au or http://www.mfs.sa.gov.au.

Athelstone Fire Siren

The Athelstone Fire Siren, located within the Black Hill Conservation Park, is maintained and operated by the SA Country Fire Service and will only be used for fire incidents in line with CFS policies and procedures.

Testing of the siren will occur at 7pm every Wednesday for a period of 30 seconds. In line with the SA Country Fire Service Siren Policy the Siren will operate in the following manner:

Between 8am and 8pm
The siren will be used for fires that require attendance by the Athelstone Fire Brigade

Between 8pm and 8am
The siren will be used for fire that threatens life and property (at the discretion of the incident controller)

When the siren is used for an incident rather than a test, the blast will last for 3 continuous minutes.

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