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CFS Clean Up Hills Fireground, Determine Damage Caused

 Photo of Candadair CL 415 water bomber in Canada CC by Maarten Visser Wikimedia commons

The CFS is starting to get a clearer picture of the extent of damage at the Cherry Gardens fireground.

While firefighters helped to save 60 properties during the event on Sunday and Monday,  the fires destroyed more than 2,500 hectares of scrub, grassland and forests, two homes, 17 outbuildings and 2 vehicles.

Thousands of animals are also feared to have died.

South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) conducted a reconnaissance mission in Scott Creek Conservation Park on Tuesday with two more teams to head out today, focusing on the endangered southern brown bandicoot and chestnut-rumped heathwrens.

Over 130 firefighters from CFS and DEW and Forestry SA have today returned to the fireground to mop up, respond to flare ups and patrol for hot spots using thermal imaging cameras.

Firefighters will be supported by a helicopter to undertake strategic firebombing operations and by an aircraft undertaking infrared assessments of the fireground.

A variety of operations will be ongoing for at least the next five days, an increase in temperature by the end of the week will result in the drying of ground fuels and need for crews to continue working towards making the area safe.

There are still a number of road closures in place. Check the Traffic SA website for the most up to date information.

For updates visit the CFS website (www.cfs.sa.gov.au) or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

Livestock owners requiring assistance can contact PIRSA on 1800 675 888.

Photo of Candadair CL-415 water_bombe, CC by Maarten Visser, Wikimedia Commons