SA Country Fire Service

MEDIA RELEASE

CFS

State-wide Fire Danger Season commences from midnight tonight.

30/11/2020

The whole of South Australia will officially be in Fire Danger Season tomorrow, with the final four districts: Adelaide Metropolitan, Kangaroo Island, Lower South East, and Mount Lofty Ranges, commencing their season from midnight tonight.

Residents in these areas need to ensure that any fuel reduction burns are completely extinguished and find alternate options for clearing away excess vegetation, such as council green waste disposal.

"As we saw during Sunday's Uleybury Fire, the right conditions on any given day can see a fire easily get out of control." CFS Deputy Chief Officer Andrew Stark explained,

"While some parts of the state have seen above average rainfall in the past three months, it won't take long to dry out increasing the fuel loads and the associated fire risk in those areas.

"The seasonal outlook for the 2020-21 Fire Danger Season suggests that, while we may not see the same prolonged extreme conditions as last year, the CFS is still in for a busy season and communities need to be prepared."

The CFS is urging everyone to check their Bushfire Survival Plan is up-to-date and that they are familiar with their Fire Ban district, and what they can and can't do during Fire Danger Season and on those days of Total Fire Ban.

For more information visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au/bebushfireready


Website and Alert Testing tomorrow, Tuesday 1 December

The CFS will be taking advantage of tomorrow's cooler conditions, conducting live testing of their website and alert systems.

Parts of the CFS website, including the incidents page, will be inactive from 10am-11am.

Residents in Woomera and Mount Gambier may receive clearly identified test notifications between 11:30am and 12:30 and are asked to please disregard these messages.

If residents see smoke or any unattended fires, we remind you to report them by calling 000.

Please do not reply to this email - you will not receive a response.

For media enquiries call the CFS Media Line on 08 8115 3531.

Further information
Information Hotline: 1800 362 361.
Hearing or speech impaired users phone: 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361.
Teletype service: TTY 133 677 then ask for 1800 362 361. More options are available at National Relay Service or www.cfs.sa.gov.au.

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