SA fire maps and prescribed burn programs get more funds

SA fire maps and prescribed burn programs get more funds

16 July 2016

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Australia— Maps used by the Country Fire Service (CFS) and the State Emergency Service (SES) will be updated after receiving funding in the recent South Australian state budget.

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said an extra $16 million would be spent over four years on new mapping and prescribed burn programs.

The expansion of the program would create more than 30 jobs to increase support to CFS brigades in target areas, the Government announced.

He said the prescribed burns would start by focusing on the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Mr Hunter said every precaution was taken on deciding whether to proceed with prescribed burn-offs.

“We have plans in place to patrol those as well and the number of fires that escape are minimal,” he said.

“But we work very, very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen and as I say if it does look likely that conditions deteriorate, we choose not to burn rather than put the community at risk.”

Emergency Services Minister Peter Malinauskas said the state was prone to “complex bushfire”.

“Prevention is our best response to the threat of bushfire and with this new funding we are aiming to minimise fuel loads to reduce bushfire risk,” he said.

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