The Cherry Gardens fire was declared Controlled on Thursday 3 February (Day 11), and Safe on Saturday 6 February.
SAVEM has stood down for Friday, Saturday and Sunday due to wet weather.
52 mm of rain has fallen at Cherry Gardens, and a similar amount on fireground (FG). This made the SA Water tracks very slippery in places, and vulnerable to avoidable damage from 4WD activity.
SA Water had their own contractors working on FG Saturday and Sunday. SAVEM requested SA Water to notify us of sightings of wildlife injured or otherwise, for data collection and to enable us to provide veterinary attention when we resume.
The SAVEM Commander will liaise with our SA Water contact on Monday morning to discuss access during the week. Monday is a possibility, but with a later start. The weather will be warmer up to Thursday, and the ground may dry out sufficiently to allow us to complete surveillance of the area, and revisit parts we have only assessed once early in the event.
DEW staff continue to monitor and survey the Scott Creek CP (with the same caveat re weather) and will contact SAVEM for assistance if required. Thursday’s SAVEM team met with a senior DEW officer on site to confirm this.
The weather and ground conditions are of course beyond our control. SAVEM IMT sincerely thanks our volunteers for their participation and for managing workplace obligations in the context of fireground access uncertainty.
Photos with this post: (1) The devastation at Track 19, SA Water. (2) look closely, you will see a healthy koala high in a tree on SA Water land.