Australia–– Schools on South Australias Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas will be closed tomorrow because of the catastrophic fire danger as temperatures edge towards 40 degrees.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) has declared the catastrophic fire danger in the Yorke Peninsula, Eastern and Lower Eyre Peninsula regions, while the Mt Lofty Ranges and Kanagaroo Island will be extreme.
The mid north, west coast and north west pastoral districts also have extreme fire danger.
A total fire ban has been declared for all districts in the state apart from the Adelaide metropolitan area.
The Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) says the school closures in the catastrophic zones are part of the Prepare, Act, Survive campaign aimed at reducing the risk from bushfires.
All other services located on schools in the three zones such childcare, out of school hours care and playgroups will close, while bus and taxi services running through those districts will also be cancelled.
Parents have already been advised that closures are a possibility, and families of children who attend affected schools are being contacted and advised.
The DECD parent bushfire information hotline number is 1800 000 279 and will be available from 8am to 6pm. The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement
Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.