Earlier start to the 2019-2020 Fire Danger Season restricts access to the Heysen Trail between Tanunda and Parachilna.
The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) has declared the Fire Danger Season will start early in the Flinders and Mid North Fire Ban Districts.
This means that access to most sections of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda will be closed to walkers earlier than expected.
A dry winter and increased temperatures for spring has brought the fire season forward in these areas.
At this stage there has been no announcement for the Mt Lofty District so the trail south of Tanunda remains open for the present. However you should check the CFS website for any further announcements.
Flinders District Fire Danger Season to commence on October 21.
The Flinders District covers the Heysen Trail north of Wirrabara (near Laura). The trail in this section includes Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn, Hawker, Wilpena Pound, the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park through to the northern end of the trail at Parachilna Gorge.
This section of the trail will now be closed between October 21, 2019 and April 15, 2020.
Mid North District Fire Ban Season to start on November 1.
The Mid North District includes the trail between north of Tanunda and south of Wirrabara. The Heysen Trail between these locations will close on November 1, 2019 and reopen on April 30, 2020.
Some sections of the trail remain open over the Fire Danger Season
During the declared fire danger season some sections of the Heysen Trail remain open to walkers. They are principally the sections of the trail that are not on private land. These include public roads, Conservation Parks and Reserves, Forests and vacant land.
Please note that Conservation Parks and Reserves and Forests are closed on days of Total Fire Ban. The CFS publishes these bans, as does the Bureau of Meteorology. In addition, the media also broadcast weather reports including fire ban information.
If you want to walk on the trail, check which Fire District you will be in. The Fire Districts are listed on the Fire Danger Season page of the Friends website.
We strongly advise you to respect the rights of landholders. Please restrict any activity which may increase the risk of fire in this period.
Details of the Fire Ban Districts can be found Google map on the Friends website.