Update: 11.00am, 9 Jan 2015
From JAMES Orchards Apples & Pears: We have been very lucky indeed with only approximately 80 acres damage and 150 fruit trees also damaged. Read their full post thanking everyone for their help.
Update: 4.30pm, 7 Jan 2015
From SA Apple & Pear: Many of our Adelaide Hills apple and pear growers have been facing a trying week, with the Sampson Flat Fires coming very close to some of our major growing regions and impacting on a few growers directly. However there has been incredible community spirit with many growers foregoing their work at home to put in long hours fighting the fires – both with the CFS and with their own firefighting equipment. We thank all of those within our industry and the broader community who are doing all that they can to help those affected and keep us safe.
Update: 1.30pm, Mon 5 Jan 2015
As far as we know there has been no fire damage to most apple and pear orchards in the Adelaide Hills growing areas. However, we are waiting to hear from some outlying pockets.
Extreme weather makes controlling fires very difficult, but the great work of fire fighters and the implementation of bushfire management plans for orchards have been a great help in preventing damage.
Importantly, many local people and growers are still out fighting fires and we remain thankful for the support of everyone who is helping. Conditions look like they will be hot for the coming days and fires remain a threat.
Update: 4.30pm, Sat 3 Jan 2015
From Aussie Apples: With terrible conditions in South Australia today we are keeping in close contact with our Adelaide Hills growers who are close to the fire front. Our orchards have stringent bushfire management plans and training and many of our growers are themselves members of their local CFS.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the volunteers and residents to stay safe, and we’ll keep you updated as more news comes to hand regarding affected orchards.
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