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Stock losses added to the Tulka fire toll

13/11/2012

Country Fire Service (CFS), Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and SAPOL investigators who are examining the area engulfed by a fire near Tulka on Eyre Peninsula don't expect a finding until late next week.

The fire swept through about 1,800 hectares of thick scrubland before it was brought under control by CFS volunteers, yesterday afternoon.

The fire also damaged two homes, 14 cabins, a caravan, a campervan and burnt several sheds and four cars but fortunately there were no reports of any serious injuries.

Various stock losses have also been reported including an estimated 300 sheep that perished in the fire with further investigations currently being conducted by PIRSA.

CFS State Coordinator Malim Watts said that it is a timely reminder for people to update or develop their Bushfire Survival Plans.

"The majority of people who die or become seriously injured during bushfires in South Australia are caught fleeing their homes or property at the last minute," Mr Watts said.

"By preparing a plan, it offers triggers to help people to either leave early or prepare to actively defend their property," he said.

"Bushfires can be frightening and disorient people and when they occur, it is not a time to be making decisions.

"This is why a Bushfire Survival Plan can help people make these decisions in advance to help them stay focus during a bushfire threat."

For more information about Bushfire Survival Plans visit the CFS website.

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