Bushfire season starts today in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Metro region, joining the Murraylands and Riverland seasons which started its season at the start of November.
There are restrictions now on what landholders can and cannot do during the season including conducting burn-offs, which require specific permits. The lighting of fires is prohibited on ForestrySA Forest Reserves through to April 2024 and on total fireban days, reserves will be closed and public parks have a ban on all open fires, liquid fuel and gas stoves. Find out exact rules for specific districts with local Councils.
People in bushfire prone areas are being urged to get ready.
The CFS recommends clearing fine fuels (small dry leaf litter, grass, twigs and bark) from around the property and removing flammable items that may have accumulated over the cooler months next to the property.
As it is too late to plan once an emergency warning is issued, residents are being asked to consider what they will do when a bad fire day approaches – including where they will go, when they will leave and what they will take.
It is advised the whole household is involved in the plan, including animals and pets, and that young people are empowered to know what to do in an emergency.
Check the Fire Danger Ratings each day and stay informed using multiple sources of emergency warning information.
Make your 5 Minute Bushfire Plan via the CFS website: cfs.sa.gov.au/plan-prepare/before-a-fire-be-prepared/make-a-plan/5-minute-bushfire-plan/.