Rising fire threat prompts early restrictions

17 October 2019

Published by https://www.perthnow.com.au

AUSTRALIA – South Australia is potentially facing one its most threatening bushfire seasons in recent years, prompting the Country Fire Service to bring forward fire danger dates in five districts.

The CFS on Thursday announced the fire danger seasons in the Flinders, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland and Murraylands would start two weeks early.

Flinders will be the first district to enter the fire danger season, which starts on Monday.

CFS Deputy Chief Officer Andrew Stark said much of South Australia, particularly in northern regions, was “significantly dry” from a lack of rain over winter

He said a long-term forecast of significantly above-average temperatures, below-average rainfall and above-average winds had created a higher level of fire potential this year.

“We are potentially facing more significant conditions than we have experienced over the past number of summers in South Australia,” he said.

“With the outlook we are experiencing and the drying we are seeing … we expect that right across South Australia there is a risk that people will be threatened by bushfires.”https://www.perthnow.com.au

Mr Stark said Kangaroo Island and Lower Eyre Peninsula were identified as vulnerable regions but that every part of SA was at risk on a hot and windy day.

“While the bushfire danger period might start sometime in November for some areas, the risk of fire will come very quickly if we see no rain and high temperatures,” he said.

Mr Stark urged homeowners to prepare their properties for the fire danger season and download a five-minute bushfire survival plan from the CFS website.

“We’ve already seen large fires interstate this year so it’s a timely warning to South Australians to prepare early,” he said.

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