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Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Metro Fire Danger Season brought forward

01/11/2018

The Fire Danger Season for the Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Metropolitan fire ban districts will begin on November 17, 2018.

SA Country Fire Service (CFS) announced the season has been brought forward by two weeks due to a drier than average winter and increased temperatures through spring.

CFS Acting Chief Officer Andrew Stark said recent breakouts from burn-offs in these areas confirmed the need to bring the season forward.

Those living in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Metro fire ban districts, are encouraged to prepare for the fire season by cleaning up around their homes now.

"Now is the time for people living in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide interface area to be reducing fine fuels around your home. This means clearing vegetation, ensuring grass is mowed and maintained, gutters are cleared etc," Mr Stark said.

"For those planning to burn excess vegetation on their property, first make sure you are in an area that has not commenced the Fire Danger Season, then check with your local council for restrictions.

"If you are able to burn, make sure you have a clear four metre break around any piles, this includes grass and leaf litter. Have someone at the fire at all times with a sustainable water source in case the fire spreads.

"In recent weeks CFS crews have been called to multiple, unattended burn-offs that spread into surrounding areas.

"It is also important to continue monitoring the area on the days following the burn to ensure it has not rekindled," Mr Stark said.

If you would like to conduct a burn once the Fire Danger Season has begun in your area, you need to contact your Local Council for a permit and to check Environmental Protection Authority restrictions - no fires are allowed on a Total Fire Ban Day.

Ten of South Australia's 15 fire ban districts have now started the Fire Danger Season. The Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Murraylands, Riverland, West Coast and Yorke Peninsula began today, joining the Flinders, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral districts which commenced on October 22.

The Upper South East will begin on November 15, while the Lower South East starts on November 22 and Kangaroo Island on December 1, all as per usual.

A Vegetation Pile Burn Code of Practice is available on the CFS website (www.cfs.sa.gov.au).


Fire Danger Season Dates:

Adelaide Metropolitan - November 17, 2018 to April 30, 2019.
Mount Lofty Ranges - November 17, 2018 to April 30, 2019.
Kangaroo Island - December 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.

Previously announced dates:

North East Pastoral - October 22, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
North West Pastoral - October 22, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
Flinders - October 22, 2018 to April 15, 2019.
Eastern Eyre Peninsula - November 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019.
Lower Eyre Peninsula - November 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019.
Mid North - November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.
Murraylands - November 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019.
Riverland - November 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019.
West Coast - November 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019.
Yorke Peninsula - November 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019.
Upper South East - November 15, 2018 to April 30, 2019.
Lower South East - November 22, 2018 to April 30, 2019.

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