26 September 2023

Fire danger season heating up

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The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) has determined the start dates for this year’s Fire Danger Season for all South Australian districts, with six districts commencing their fire bans today (1 November).

Deputy Chief Officer of the CFS, Rob Sandford said this year’s dates reflected a more standard season in comparison to what South Australia had experienced in the past few years.

Mr Sandford said the first districts to commence fire bans would be the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, North East Pastoral, North West Pastoral, West Coast and Yorke Peninsula.

He said the Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Metropolitan and Kangaroo Island were the last fire ban districts to commence on 1 December.

Mr Sandford said the start of Fire Danger Season meant district restrictions became legally enforceable.

“A milder start to the season than in previous years means we will see the commencement of the Fire Danger Season for many areas at a time that residents are traditionally more used to,” he said.

“While parts of South Australia, had wetter than average winters, the vegetation around the State will start to cure, bringing fire potential.

“People need to prepare their families and homes now, ensuring their Bushfire Survival Plan is practiced and ready.”

Acting Minister for Emergency Services, John Gardner encouraged South Australians to download the Alert SA app and have their Bushfire Survival Plan complete.

“The time to prepare yourselves, your properties and your families is now,” Mr Gardner said.

The CFS Fire Danger Season dates can be accessed at this PS News link and information on Fire Danger Ratings at this link.

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