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Fire Danger Season Start Date Announced For Mt Lofty Ranges

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On the same day the region was under a total fire ban, the CFS has announced the fire danger season will start early for the Mt Lofty Ranges.

The season start date will be 2 weeks earlier than usual, kicking off November 17, the dry winter, warm start to Spring and the several instances of burn offs getting out of control prompting the date to be brought forward.

Those living in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Metro fire ban districts, are encouraged to prepare for the fire season by cleaning up around their homes now.

"Now is the time for people living in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide interface area to be reducing fine fuels around your home. This means clearing vegetation, ensuring grass is mowed and maintained, gutters are cleared etc," CFS Acting Chief Officer Andrew Stark said.

"For those planning to burn excess vegetation on their property, first make sure you are in an area that has not commenced the Fire Danger Season, then check with your local council for restrictions.

"If you are able to burn, make sure you have a clear four metre break around any piles, this includes grass and leaf litter. Have someone at the fire at all times with a sustainable water source in case the fire spreads.

"In recent weeks CFS crews have been called to multiple, unattended burn-offs that spread into surrounding areas.

"It is also important to continue monitoring the area on the days following the burn to ensure it has not rekindled," Mr Stark said.

The announcement was made on the same day a blaze broke out on the Fleurieu Peninsula, crews managing to control the Hindmarsh Tiers fire within an hour.