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Smart fire prevention
yWARM weather throughout
November coupled with
an early shut-off to the
season and a number of lightning
storms have combined to kickstart
South Australia's fire danger season
early this year.
The Eyre Peninsula was particular-
ly hard hit as it battled a number of
threatenting blazes throughout the
While no one was killed, fires tore
through homes and sheds, and killed
Country Fire Service Region 6
commander Kevin May, whose juris-
diction covers the EP and West
Coast, said fuel loads varied across
"Some places have very little fuel,
some are medium," he said.
"In some of the cropping areas it is
pretty low and light while native veg-
etation is heavy."
Mr May stressed the importance of
being ready in case of a storm.
"The only thing you can do when
lightning strikes is be prepared," he
"That involves having a plan,
knowing where things are, and mak-
ing certain the plan allows the family
to be safe on those days, because the
husband might leave home to chase
the lightning and put fires out, leav-
ing the family at home.
"If you haven't got a plan it makes
it very dangerous for them."
Mr May said such a plan should
have been developed months ago,
but often it was not until there were
a few days of hot weather that people
realised they needed to get organ-
A program conducted in the
region, called Fiery Women, involved
educating wives and partners of
farmers on what to do in the event of
Mr May said 60 women and their
partners had taken part in one of the
programs conducted at Cleve and
there were more than 50 nomina-
tions for a program to be held at
Kimba in March next year.
"This lets us know that in those
cases where wives and children are
left home when the husband is out
fighting fires they are going to be
safe, because they will have done the
planning and talked about what they
need to do as a community," he said.
Mr May said he noticed a number
of farmers cutting the first lap of a
paddock very close to the ground --
Eyre Peninsula already affected
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Fire plan essential
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at the Port Lincoln fire.
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