Operation Nomad begins for 2019-20 Fire Danger Season
Increased SA Police patrols through high-risk bushfire areas and monitoring of would-be arsonists will begin today with the commencement of Operation Nomad for this Fire Danger Season.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Minister Corey Wingard said one act of stupidity by a fire-bug could lead to an absolutely devastating outcome for the community.
"Anyone who plays with fire during the hottest and most dangerous months of the year should think about the potential outcomes of their actions - think of the lives, homes and businesses that could be destroyed," the Minister said.
"Our emergency services will face another challenging bushfire season this year, and you can help support their efforts by reporting suspicious activity in your community."
SA Police Assistant Commissioner Noel Bamford said every year South Australians face the unnecessary risk of purposely lit fires.
"By reporting acts of deliberate, reckless or negligent acts that endanger our communities, you can help SA Police and the Country Fire Service protect our communities with Operation Nomad."
Members of the public can report suspicious activities on the Police Assistance Line - 131 444.
"Every year our Country Fire Service volunteer firefighters leave their families and friends to protect our communities from bushfires, and you can help us by reporting dangerous activities you may see during the Fire Danger Season to Operation Nomad," SA Country Fire Service Chief Officer Mark Jones said.
"Deliberately or negligently lighting fires that endanger lives or property within our community is a despicable act.
"You can help SA Police and the Country Fire Service can help to keep our communities safe by reporting dangerous activities you see during the Fire Danger Season to 131 444," Chief Officer Jones said.
A person found guilty of deliberately or recklessly causing a bushfire faces up to 20 years imprisonment.
Police can also issue an on the spot fine totalling $375 if you don't meet total fire ban conditions or a fine totalling $560 if you drop or throw a cigarette from your car.
Details of the 2019-20 Fire Danger Season dates and Total Fire Ban day restrictions can be found at cfs.sa.gov.au