Fire service warns of early bushfire season

Fire service warns of early bushfire season

5 September 2007

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Australia — South Australia’s Country Fire Service (CFS) is warning people to start preparing bushfire plans as the ongoing lack of rain means the fire season could be brought forward.

CFS deputy chief officer Andrew Lawson says people should be getting ready now for the bushfire season as it may be only weeks away.

Last year the fire season was changed from the traditional start in November 1, to October 15 because of the dry conditions.

Mr Lawson says they should know in the next week whether this year’s season may be brought forward even earlier than that.

“We have had some winter rain and that has helped, but we have an underlying deficiency that we have not just been able to make up in rainfall,” he said.

“We’re a long way behind where we ought to be.”

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