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ITH one month of the
official summer season
still ahead and the
threat of plenty of hot weather to
come, the message from the
Country Fire Service is to be vig-
History is dotted with the
tragedies of lost lives, property
Know your risk, have a plan
Residents must be responsible
Understand danger ratings
with DAVID EAST
damage and livestock losses caused
by late summer wild fires, with the
months of February and March hav-
ing notorious records.
In a recent bulletin, the CFS says
fires this summer have been occur-
ring from the southern Flinders
Ranges down through the Mid North
to the Fleurieu Peninsula, South East
and a number of urban fringes.
Some of the fires have been caused
by dry lightning strikes, machinery
and equipment failures, careless trav-
ellers, while others were deliberately
lit.CFS prevention services manager
Leigh Miller said that while the sum-
mer was taking on the appearance of
a normal bushfire season, the poten-
tial for disaster was arguably far
greater with the amount of fuel pre-
sent following two reasonably mild
and wet years.
"February and March are tradition-
ally hot months and the public needs
to be aware of the fire risk," he said.
"People should not become com-
placent or lulled into a false sense of
"The fire potential is arguably far
greater now with the amount of fuel
that is available to burn following
two reasonably mild and wet years.
"We are less than half way into the
fire season and there is a need for
everyone to remain vigilant, make
sure they have a bushfire survival
plan and keep practising it."
CFS manager of prevention ser-
vices Felicity Hopkinson said it was
critical that everyone knew and
understood the risks and made plans.
"It's never too late to make a plan
and we have plenty of tools available
to help either online or by calling the
bushfire information hotline," she
"For this bushfire season, we have
also developed a suite of other new
communication tools, including a
CFS smartphone FireApp, Facebook
and twitter to assist people to become
instantly connected for information
in regards to bushfire events and
"For urban residents, concern
about a fire in the outback or a
regional area may be low as it doesn't
impact on them directly, but for pas-
toralists and landowners a fire is like
an instant drought, burning valuable
fodder, killing livestock and leaving
them with nothing."
In the CFS incident report of
January 26, 29 incidents were listed
from nearly every fire region in the
State, including the Adelaide Hills
and Fleurieu Peninsula.
Some of the fires have been caused by dry lightning strikes, machinery and
equipment failures, careless travellers, while others were deliberately lit.
No time for complacency
in notorious late summer
Landholders responsible for maintenance
OUTBACK SA has experienced several
significant fires because of abundant
vegetation growth after winter rains.
CFS crews had been deployed to dry
lightning fires in the North Western
and Eastern Pastoral regions. The CFS
also deployed strike crews to assist
with fires burning across the Northern
Territory border. Because of inaccessi-
bility, many fires were fought by CFS
volunteers and DENR staff and assisted
by pastoralists and mining company
employees. CFS volunteers, landholders
and others have more recently battled
bush and grass fires in the Flinders
Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula
the Mid North.
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