Fire Updates

Cherry Gardens fire 26 February

Friday 26 February will be SAVEM's last official day on the Cherry Gardens fireground. We were Activated on 25 January, and have been on fireground for five weeks. We have assessed hundreds of animals - managed and treated the injured and released the recovered. We...

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Cherry Gardens fire 15 February 2021

SAVEM enjoyed the company of ABC journalist Patrick Martin and cameraman Lincoln Rothall last week on the Cherry Gardens fireground. Thankyou to Patrick and Lincoln for their interest, understanding and support. Here's the link to the online article:...

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Cherry Gardens fire 15 February 2021

State Recovery Office has provided SAVEM with this link operated by the Adelaide Hills Council: https://engage.ahc.sa.gov.au/cherry-gardens-fire This is information about bushfire recovery for the local community. SAVEM encourages the community to make use of the...

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Cherry Gardens fire 14 February 2021

SAVEM is maintaining a daily presence on fireground. Our field team is supported by the SAVEM IMT at our Command centre. As expected in a wildlife response, animals come out into the open in small groups, singly or in pairs seeking food and water. As this fireground...

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Cherry Gardens fire 7 February 2021

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...

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Cherry Gardens fire 4 February 2021 – Day 12

Today the field team continued surveillance of the Cherry Gardens fireground until the weather change arrived and rain began. This curtailed operations, but until then we assessed animals along the top of the fireground - on some private properties as well as SA Water...

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SAVEM ALERT – SAVEM on fireground

SAVEM is an accredited Tier 2 Emergency Service. We are structured as an independent 100% volunteer not-for-profit organisation. Therefore, SAVEM has no "owners" or affiliated organisations. Participants with SAVEM are only deployed once they have completed mandatory...

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Cherry Gardens fire 3 February 2021 Day 10

The SAVEM response continues at the Cherry Gardens fire. This fire remains at Contained status, with CFS units managing hot spots and patrolling the fireground. We are liaising and collaborating with SA Water and DEW, responding to calls for assistance from affected...

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31 January 2021 Cherry Gardens fire day 7

Thanks to SAVEM veterinary nurse Belinda for passing on this photo from the Scott Creek Community Planning for Recovery noticeboard - and thanks to Scott Creek CPR for including SAVEM in the list of responders. It really does buoy our spirits to see your kind...

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Cherry Gardens fire 29 January 2021 Day 5

Today is Day 5 of the Cherry Gardens fire Activation, and - as expected - tasks are increasing. This is because wildlife affected by the fire often seek refuge in pockets of unburned vegetation for a period of days, and begin to emerge as they seek food and water in...

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26 January 2021 Cherry Gardens fire

SAVEM was officially Activated to fireground today. Our Reconnaissance team liaised with CFS Incident Control at Mt Barker, collecting radios and current maps. Accessible area of the fireground were surveyed. Animals were assessed and a few removed for monitoring and...

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Cherry Gardens fire 25 January 2021

SAVEM is likely to be Activated into fireground tomorrow afternoon if the Control Agency (CFS) are satisfied conditions are safe. Rain today (over 20 mms in many parts) has made the fireground very slippery and some firefighting operations have had to be curtailed....

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