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Hotter weather means more need for caution

12/12/2017

 

Extreme fire conditions are expected tomorrow with the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) warning residents to take extra care.

Following today's forecast top of 36 and 38 tomorrow, conditions will be heightened for bushfires, with preliminary forecasting showing 11 fire ban districts will be placed under Total Fire Ban restrictions tomorrow.

State Duty Commander Nik Stanley said primary producers needed to be vigilant when moving heavy machinery around.

"Harvesting and slashing should be delayed until the cooler weather arrives on Thursday, and any form of spark-producing industrial work should not be carried out," Mr Stanley said.

"Farmers are able to harvest in the morning if conditions in their paddocks are mild. We encourage them to look at the Harvesting Codes of Practice on the CFS website for more information."

The use of mechanical cutting tools, and welders is prohibited on Total Fire Ban days, unless a Schedule 10 permit has been granted from your local council.

With conditions drying and hot northerly winds, a single spark from machinery could quickly develop into a large, fast moving fire.

"With the conditions expected tomorrow, accidental fires could have catastrophic consequences, so we need the public to remain vigilant."

Mr Stanley said all requirements for the use of machinery during Total Fire Ban days could be found on the CFS website - www.cfs.sa.gov.au.

Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans will be available on the CFS website before 5pm today. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Further information:
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