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TOTAL FIRE BAN IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS TOMORROW

18/01/2016

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) is warning about high fire danger risk in South Australia tomorrow, including in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley.Total Fire Bans have been declared across much of the state.

In particular, the Tour Down Under will pass through iconic parts of the Adelaide Hills, including places that have experienced significant fires in recent years. Visitors to Adelaide and fans of the tour moving through this region—whether by bicycle or by car—need to understand the risks present in these locations and be bushfire aware.
CFS State Coordinator Leigh Miller called on spectators to be vigilant for their own safety, as well as the safety of others.

"We expect South Australians to be aware of fire risks, but visitors might not have an understanding of just how dry South Australia is," Mr Miller said.

"We're asking local spectators to consider their own actions, and also help watch over our guests from interstate and overseas."

"Fires can start from a hot car exhaust parked in dry grass, or from carelessly discarded cigarette butts. Simple measures are the key to preventing a bushfire."

Every year, tour organisers and the CFS work closely to ensure the event is managed for fire risk and CFS volunteers are ready to respond if required.

CFS is a part of the event control, making resources available, with two appliances travelling with the cyclists on each stage, with circumstances constantly monitored.
SA Police will also, wherever possible, divert or direct traffic to areas without roadside grass, such as intersecting roads or driveways. Motorists are also requested to turn off their vehicles' engines when stationary.

For spectators participating and watching the tour in total fire ban areas, it's important they consider their own safety before they head out tomorrow.

Stay informed about current fire bans, monitor changing weather conditions, and understand your risk.

Throughout the day, stay informed of any fires in the area by listening to local radio for updates, check the CFS website, or download and use the CFS Fire App.

For media enquiries telephone the CFS Media Line on (08) 8212 9849.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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