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South Australians urged to keep alert as fire danger ratings rise

10/01/2021

The first fire bans of 2021 will come into effect from midnight this evening, with fire danger ratings tipping into extreme in some districts tomorrow.

An extreme fire danger rating is forecast for the Lower South East, while a severe fire danger rating has been set for the Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland, Mount Lofty Ranges, Murraylands, Kangaroo Island and Upper South East.

Emergency Services Minister Vincent Tarzia said South Australians should always be prepared to respond to the threat of bushfires.

"Whether you're travelling across South Australia enjoying our beautiful state on holiday, or back at home, you must always be prepared to respond to a bushfire emergency," Minister Tarzia said.

"Have your Bushfire Survival Plan ready. It takes five minutes to complete and could save your life.

"Be aware of bushfire alerts and warnings and download the Alert SA app. Follow the CFS on Facebook and Twitter for vital information during a bushfire."

CFS State Duty Commander Brenton Hastie said people should familiarise themselves with the fire danger rating in their local area and what it means.

"If a fire starts under extreme conditions, only well prepared, well-constructed and actively defended houses are likely to offer safety," Mr Hastie said.

"We will have fire bans in place for most of the state. We want people to think about where they will go and what they will do if a fire starts in their area.

"The CFS is well-prepared to respond to any fires that spark up, but we need the community to stay informed, be mindful of their activities and be prepared."

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Further information:
Contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361, for hearing or speech impaired users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361 or teletype service TTY 133 677 then ask for 1800 362 361.
Other options are available at National Relay Service.
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