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Statewide Total Fire Bans from midnight tonight until midnight Friday

18/12/2019

SA Country Fire Service (CFS) will declare Total Fire Bans for the entire state tomorrow and Friday as a precautionary measure for Friday's forecast catastrophic conditions.

CFS State Duty Commander Yvette Dowling said a fire developing tomorrow could reignite under Friday's conditions and quickly become unmanageable.

"We are enforcing a statewide Total Fire Ban tomorrow as a safety measure to limit any risk before Friday's weather," she said.

"Friday is forecast to be a day of Catastrophic Fire Danger for several districts in South Australia," Ms Dowling said.

"Farmers currently harvesting their crops should today remind themselves of the Harvesting Code of Practise.

"They should be monitoring local weather tomorrow and stop harvesting when conditions worsen."

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kylie Egan said the change forecast late Friday will also include dry lightning and strong winds.

"We are forecasting very hot and windy conditions before the change, then strong winds following," she said.

On days of elevated fire danger, it is important to know where you are and how to get information about a fire, should one start.

Warning messages are broadcast on local radio and are available on the CFS website and Facebook page.

If you haven't done your 5 minute bushfire plan, go to the CFS website cfs.sa.gov.au

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For media enquiries telephone the CFS Media Line on (08) 8115 3531.

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.
Other options are available at National Relay Service.
Or visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au

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