Catastrophic Fire Day Protocol

It is now recognised that there are some days when it is inadvisable to travel on regional roads and inadvisable to stay in many areas due to the risk of fire. On these days, it is unlikely that a significant bushfire would be contained and the Country Fire Service (CFS) and the South Australian Government have subsequently named them ‘Catastrophic Fire Days’.

Cornerstone College will remain CLOSED on a Catastrophic Fire Day when announced by the CFS for the Mt Lofty Ranges District at 4.30pm on the day prior.  

Fire Danger Ratings

The Fire Danger Rating is an indicator of how dangerous a bushfire could be if it did occur. It is not a predictor of how likely a bushfire is to occur. It should be used as an early indicator to trigger your plans.

You need to understand the Fire Danger Rating to help you assess your level of bushfire risk and to decide what actions to take.

Cornerstone College is in the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District. Our College grounds are not wholly within the ‘Bushfire Safer Places’ zone in Mount Barker. This means that parts of the property of Cornerstone College are deemed to be at risk from bushfire.


  • Fires can threaten suddenly and without warning
  • Watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames
  • Know the Fire Danger Rating in your area for the day, be aware of local conditions and keep informed
  • Have your Bushfire Survival Plan and kit ready
  • Call 000 to report a fire

To find out more

  • listen to local radio,
  • call the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361

Catastrophic Fire Days

  • Provide the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire. If a fire starts and takes hold, it will be extremely difficult to control.
  • The CFS anticipates it will take significant fire-fighting resources and cooler conditions to bring a fire under control.
  • Spot fires may start well ahead of the main fire and cause rapid spread of the fire. Embers may come from many directions.
  • The CFS advises that homes are not designed or constructed to withstand fires in these conditions and the safest place to be is away from bushfire prone areas.

We recommend that families:

  • Put your survival first and leave bushfire-prone areas the night before or early in the day – this is your safest option.
  • Don’t leave students at home, alone.
  • Act immediately – do not wait and see.
  • Avoid forested areas, thick bush or long, dry grass.
  • Prepare, know and practise a plan for:
  1. When you will leave
  2. How you will get there
  3. What you will do if you cannot leave
  4. Where you will go
  5. When you will return

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