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End of Fire Danger Season for Mount Lofty Ranges

15/05/2018

At midnight tonight the Fire Danger Season will end in the Mount Lofty Ranges district.

The season for the district had been extended for two weeks due to a lack of rain and dryer than typical vegetation across the landscape.

CFS State Duty Commander Yvette Dowling said reasonable rains have occurred and fire restrictions can now be lifted.

"We have seen difficult fire conditions and a high number of incidents in recent months across the Mount Lofty Ranges," she said.

"Thankfully we did not see any significant bushfires impact and devastate communities and this can be attributed to a little bit of luck but also the effort of volunteers to respond to jobs quickly and the community being mindful of the bushfire risk."

Ms Dowling thanked the many CFS volunteers who have devoted their time protecting the community once again this Fire Danger Season.

"Each day of the Fire Danger Season volunteers across the state have responded to incidents.

"They leave the comfort of their workplaces and homes to assist the community.

"Employers and families play a significant role in allowing volunteers to attend CFS duties and we thank them for accommodating the vital work of our volunteers too.

"The work for many CFS volunteers will carry on over the cooler months as they continue to attend road crashes, structure fires and hazardous materials incidents."

Ms Dowling reminds the community to be mindful of restrictions and guidelines which may still apply to burning vegetation and having a bon fire.

"There may still be local council restrictions in place which apply to those people in built up areas so we encourage them to check with their local office to determine if they can conduct a burn off or have a bon fire," she said.

"If it is permitted then we ask people check in with the CFS website for the appropriate guidelines."

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Further information:
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