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CFS Warns of Dangerous Fire Conditions Tomorrow

12/01/2016

South Australians are being warned of dangerous fire conditions across the State tomorrow, with a number of fire bans expected to be in place.

The forecast tomorrow is for hot and windy conditions with a strong cool change moving across the State during the day with thunderstorms also forecast.

CFS State Coordinator Mark Thomason says the community needs to be alert to the dangers and stay informed if a fire does occur.

"Having access to information and being aware of the fire danger is crucial to managing the impact of bushfires.

"Bushfire information is available on the CFS website, on CFS social media, local radio and you can call the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

"Being school holidays, many people may be travelling across the state and it is important they are aware of the fire danger and have measures in place to prevent being caught out.

"Simple steps such as: having a battery power radio on hand, planning alternative routes and reviewing your bushfire survival plan will assist in responding to a threat.

"Any unattended fires should be reported immediately by calling triple ZERO," he said.

Yesterday, CFS volunteers and fire bombers tackled a potentially destructive bushfire in the Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island.

Fire crews were assisted in containing the blaze when it burnt into a previous prescribed burn carried out by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) twelve months ago.

"We support the prescribed burning program which DEWNR has undertaken and yesterday demonstrated how crucial it can be in preventing the spread of fire and impacting critical community assets," Mr Thomason said.

Today the CFS is also sending a small contingent to assist Western Australia with ongoing bushfires.

"South Australia is providing 13 people who are leaving later this afternoon to provide support in tackling these devastating fires," he said.

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Further information:
Contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361, for hearing or speech impaired users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361 or teletype service TTY 133 677 then ask for 1800 362 361.
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