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Total Fire Bans Declared As SA Faces Scorcher Day

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Total fire bans have been declared in nine districts across South Australia today including the Murraylands, Upper South East and Mt Lofty Ranges.

The danger level has been set at severe as we head into a day of extreme heat and hazardous fire conditions.

Despite recent heavy rain, the CFS says there is plenty of dry grass already, making the potential for a bushfire similar to what we saw unfold in Pinery, very possible.

CFS State Coordinator Leigh Miller says we shouldn't give ourselves a false sense of security.

"The declaration of Total Fire bans are driven by the dryness of the grasslands, along with predicted winds," Mr Miller said.

"Once grass is dry, further rains don't affect the flammability of grass meaning there is still a high chance of fire similar to what we saw at Pinery in late 2015."

"Dry, warm and windy conditions mean any new growth from summer rains will soon dry out and add to the already inherent fire risk."

We're also being reminded if you’re following the Tour Down Under through the Hills today not to pull the car over into dry grass, with hot exhausts having caused major bushfires in SA in the past, including the blaze that took nine lives on the Eyre Peninsula in 2005.

"When pulling your car onto the road verge, you need to be two metres from flammable material. If you're a smoker you cannot light a cigarette within two metres of flammable material either. These are simple ways to prevent a fire from starting."