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Four Caught Doing The Wrong Thing During Total Fire Ban


Four people were reported for dangerous behavior during yesterday’s total fire ban in the Mt Lofty Ranges.

SAPOL enacted Operation Nomad in response to the day’s conditions, scouring the region and keeping an eye out for anyone not doing the right thing to avoid a fire breaking out in the hot and windy conditions.

A Carey Gully woman was reported for lighting a rubbish fire, at Currency Creek a man was found lighting a camp fire, another rubbish fire saw a Crafers man in trouble and a man at Bridgewater was reported for using a chainsaw.

The CFS Chief Officer declares a Total Fire Ban for each Fire Ban District on days where the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic.

A Total Fire Ban day can be declared at any time of year and for any Fire Ban District with the ban in place for 24 hours.

Fire Danger Ratings indicate the degree of difficulty of stopping a fire under the predicted weather conditions. The Bureau of Meteorology, in partnership with CFS, determines the Fire Danger Ratings based on a combination of predicted weather conditions and current observations.

Penalties of up to $10,000 and two year's jail or on-the-spot fines of up to $315 may be enforced if Total Fire Ban conditions are not met.