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Total Fire Bans declared for most of SA

8/10/2013

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) has declared Total Fire Bans in an additional ten Fire Ban Districts across South Australia for tomorrow, after declaring a Total Fire Ban in the Mount Lofty Ranges earlier today.

CFS State Coordinator Mark Thomason said the decision to declare Total Fire Bans in additional Fire Ban Districts was in the interest of public safety.

"The CFS has further reviewed forecast conditions for tomorrow and has determined that additional fire bans are required to ensure public safety," Mr Thomason said.

"We are concerned about the high wind speed expected across the state and coupled with high temperatures and low humidity, the risk of fire danger is significant."

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting hot and dry conditions across South Australia, with northerly winds reaching up to 65km/h across western and central districts.

"We are asking the community to support us by refraining from undertaking any activities that are risky, in what are set to be hazardous fire conditions" Mr Thomason said.

"The appropriate permits are required for burning in any district where a Total Fire Ban is in place, however we are asking that people delay any activities until conditions are milder.

"Public safety is our priority. We don't want to have CFS volunteers responding to fires that are the result of a burn-off that escaped, when this could have been avoided if this work was delayed."

Total Fire Bans have been declared in 11 out of 15 CFS Fire Ban Districts across South Australia.

For more information on what you can and can't do when a Total Fire Ban has been declared in your district, visit the CFS website on www.cfs.sa.gov.au.

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