SA Country Fire Service

Media release

South Australians urged to prepare now for fire season


South Australians will today be urged to prepare and plan for the coming bushfire season at the launch of the CFS' Be Bushfire Ready campaign.

Fire Chiefs this morning joined the Minister for Emergency Services Vincent Tarzia to officially launch this year's fire preparedness campaign that features bushfire survivors from last summer's horror season.

Minister for Emergency Services Vincent Tarzia said the time for preparing properties, homes and families is now.

"The 2019/20 bushfire season was devastating and tragic with three lives lost," Minister Tarzia said.

"The resilience of the South Australian community - and dedicated Emergency Services Sector volunteers and staff - was inspiring in the wake of damage and destruction.

"Today's campaign focuses on what we all need to do this year for those living, visiting or travelling in bushfire prone areas. It only takes five minutes to complete a survival plan which could save your life."

The Fire Danger Season has already commenced in 11 districts across the state. The remaining Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges and Lower South East, Kangaroo Island Fire Ban Districts will start their Fire Danger Season on 1 December.

CFS Chief Officer Mark Jones said knowing the risk in your local area and having a plan was the first steps to being prepared for bushfire.

"As South Australians, we unfortunately know the real-life impacts that bushfires can have on our communities and livelihoods," Mr Jones said.

"This year's campaign features the real stories, experiences and learnings from members of our community who lived through the Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek fires.

"Our fire services are more prepared than ever to respond where needed. But our message to the community is to prepare now, have a 5 Minute Bushfire Plan and know where to get the latest updates when fires do take place."

For information on how to prepare for the fire season, including information on what activities are and are not permitted on high-risk days, visit

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