Watch, act for people too

SEEK HELP: Tristan Baldock and Kim Eagle said Monday's fire could have an affect on those who were impacted by the Sleaford Bay fire in 2012.
SEEK HELP: Tristan Baldock and Kim Eagle said Monday's fire could have an affect on those who were impacted by the Sleaford Bay fire in 2012.

THE Port Lincoln community is being encouraged to check in with each other following Monday's fire, which also marked seven years to the day since the Sleaford Bay fire in 2012.

That fire, which consumed almost 2000 hectares of crop and scrub land, also destroyed stock and property.

Country Fire Service incident controller Kym Eagle said on Tuesday that while previous fires meant most local people were now more prepared for fire danger season in a physical sense, Monday's incident could leave some people distressed.

"Obviously Port Lincoln has had a fire history over the years to the point that when the fire started (on Monday) it was seven years to the day that we had a fire start at Sleaford, which could also increase tensions for those people that experienced that," Mr Eagle said.

"We do encourage that they seek advice from a GP if they're having some issues with that as well."

Mentally Fit EP community development officer Lain Montgomerie said anyone feeling stressed or anxious about Monday's fire or the memories triggered by it could seek help at any of the local services or by calling a crisis hotline, like Lifeline.

"If we let these big feelings bottle up inside of us it can become something that can affect our productivity and our daily lives," she said.

"As a community we are pretty aware of each other and that's important during something like this."

Mrs Montgomerie said the concern for the community in general, individuals who were affected in this fire and those who had been affected in previous fires was one of the first things to come to mind on Monday.

"Trauma can be tricky to walk through and people can feel emotional, not necessarily for ourselves but also for their community," she said.

"People can contact or pop in to a local service to debrief or you can talk to your GP who can refer a service if it's needed," Mrs Montgomerie said.

If you or someone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit the Lifeline website www.lifeline.org.au.