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Fire Season brought forward for some districts


The 2019/20 Fire Danger Season will start early in at least five Fire Ban Districts, says the SA Country Fire Service (CFS).

The Flinders, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland and Murraylands have all experienced dry conditions this winter, meaning the fire potential in the area is above average this year.

CFS Deputy Chief Officer Andrew Stark said the decision to bring forward the Fire Danger Season in these areas was done in consultation with local Bushfire Management Committees and approved by the CFS Chief Officer.

"It's now a good time to prepare your homes for the season. There are simple things you can do around the home to protect it from bushfire," Mr Stark said.

"We've already seen large fires interstate this year, so it's a timely warning to South Australians to prepare early ahead of this year's Fire Danger Season.

"Ensure you have spoken to your family about what you will do on days of increased fire danger, or if a fire starts. CFS has a 5 Minute Survival Plan available on the website which will guide you in how to develop your plan."

Fire Danger Season Dates gazetted:
- Flinders - 21 October - about 2 weeks early
- North West Pastoral - 1 November
- North East Pastoral -1 November
- Mid North - 1 November - 2 weeks early
- Yorke Peninsula - 1 November - 2 weeks early
- Lower Eyre Peninsula - 1 November
- Eastern Eyre Peninsula - 1 November
- West Coast - 1 November
- Riverland - 1 November - 2 weeks early
- Murraylands 1 November - 2 weeks early
- Upper South East - 15 November

Fire Danger Season dates yet to be confirmed:
- Mount Lofty Ranges
- Kangaroo Island
- Lower South East
- Adelaide Metropolitan

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