Fire danger season to start early in Flinders district

A dry winter has prompted the SA Country Fire Service to bring forward the fire danger season dates for some of the state's regional areas.

The Flinders district, covering areas of the Far North and Mid North, including Port Augusta, Flinders Ranges, Mount Remarkable, Peterborough and Orroroo Carrieton councils, will be the first to start its fire danger season.

It will start from October 21, two weeks earlier than scheduled.

Nearby districts, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral which both cover the Far North and Outback will start on November 1.

The Mid North, covering Port Pirie, Clare, Goyder, Light, Mallala, Northern Areas and Wakefield councils, will have its fire danger season start two weeks early. It will start from November 1.

Other parts of the state, including the West Coast and South East, will have their seasons start as planned.

Announcing the early start of the fire danger season, the CFS said 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.

The service's 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," he 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 five minute survival plan available on the website which will guide you in how to develop your plan."

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