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Caution required for burn-offs tomorrow during warm, dry and windy conditions

01/05/2018

 

The Country Fire Service is asking people to take extra care tomorrow after several burn-offs resulted in out-of-control fires today.

"Tomorrow will be warm, windy and dry across the state," CFS State Duty Controller Nik Stanley said.

"Although most of the state is out of the Fire Danger Season, burn-offs can quickly grow to dangerously large fires if they are not monitored and controlled correctly," he said.

Burn-offs today in Lucindale, Rendelsham, Gomersal, Bramfield, Ironbank and Mt McIntyre quickly grew into large fires, resulting in CFS volunteers being called to the outbreaks.

"All of the burn-offs were clear cases of people not having enough resources on site to contain the fires," SDC Stanley said.

"There are still many bone-dry areas throughout the state, so people need to be cautious.

"Just because the Fire Danger Season has finished in some districts it does not mean that every square metre of that district will be a safe place to burn-off without proper care," he added.

Primary producers must follow The Broad Acre Burning Codes of Practice, which can be found on the CFS website.

The Fire Danger Season has been extended for the Lower Eyre Peninsula until 6 May and Mount Lofty Ranges until 15 May 2018.

People not following correct burn-off procedures can face prosecution, with $315 on the spot fines for small breaches and up to two year imprisonment and $10,000 fines for large fires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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