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Lightning, intense heat
blaze dangerous trail
THE hottest October day ever recorded
in Australia was followed by a barrage
of lightning strikes, prompting fires
The state saw 80,000 lightning strikes
on October 27, two days after the
mercury hit 40 in some parts.
The ill-timed thunderstorm sparked
several small bushfires in north-west
SA, including a blaze at Nectar Brook in
the southern Flinders Ranges.
There were 38 firefighters working
to contain the blaze to roughly eight
hectares of Horrocks Vale Station near
the Horrocks Pass.
Other fires started by lightning in the
Flinders region included two at Alligator
Gorge, near Melrose, and one at Shaggy
In addition to the fires, thousands
of homes lost power during the storm,
mostly around the Aldinga Beach and
Port Willunga areas.
In October last year, bushfires decimated more than 65,000ha
in the Greater Blue Mountains area of NSW, making them the
state's worst fires since the 1960s. Photo: Kim Chappell.
Know your bushfire risk when travelling
THE CFS is advising travellers to avoid
getting caught out by not knowing
what do in a bushfire this Fire Danger
The warning coincides with Bushfire
Action Week ahead of the start of the
season on Saturday in some of the
State's 15 Fire Ban Districts.
CFS director of regional operations
Mick Ayre said travellers and holi-
daymakers need to take precautions
by planning ahead, especially if their
destination will take them through
"In a bushfire, a drive that would
normally take a few minutes could take
several hours if there are road closures,
traffic jams, fallen trees, collisions and
thick smoke," Mr Ayre said.
"Bushfires can often jump roads and
if you can't find an alternative route,
you may have to seek shelter away
from dense vegetation or as a last
resort, on the floor of your vehicle until
the bushfire has passed."
The CFS has fact sheets and website
information that offers advice on
bushwalking and its restrictions on fire
danger days, in addition to camping
and houseboat holidays.
Local ABC and commercial radio sta-
tions in SA and interstate also broadcast
emergency bushfire information.
"Anyone who is planning to travel
to a bushfire prone area during the
fire danger season needs to be aware
of the risk but more importantly they
should have a plan in case they are
confronted by the threat of a bushfire,"
Mr Ayre said.
"Your plan should include triggers
to warn you of the potential for
danger before a bushfire starts and
this may include where to find Bushfire
Bushfires can often jump roads and if you can't find another route,
you may need to seek shelter.
Safer Places in the area of your
The CFS has developed a hier-
archy of places offering relative
safety from bushfire.
• For more details and designated
safer places in South Australia
visit the CFS website at www.cfs.
sa.gov.au or contact the Bushfire
Information Hotline on 1300 362
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