Be prepared, act now for SA bushfire danger

With record-breaking temperatures predicted across South Australia today, Wednesday November 20, emergency services are urging people to take care of themselves, their properties and their neighbours, families and friends.

The Country Fire Service is urging people to be prepared and to have their bushfire plans in place.

Because of the dangerous conditions those living in the districts rated as catastrophic should leave their residence early this morning as even well prepared, well constructed and defended homes may not be safe during a fire.

People living in regions rated extreme or severe must also have a plan in place with only well prepared, well constructed and actively defended houses having the opportunity to offer safety during a fire.

Catastrophic ratings are for the West Coast, Eastern and Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

A Severe rating is for the Northwest and Northeast Pastoral, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East and Adelaide Metro.

The Flinders and Lower South East are rated Extreme.

SA Police will be patrolling bushfire prone areas across the State as part of Operation Nomad, the program that is put in place each year which focuses on known arsonists living within the community.

Police ask that if anyone sees suspicious activity in fire danger areas they should call the police attendance line on 131 444.

The police suggest that people should follow the CFS on social media or stay tuned to local radio stations to be advised of any fires in their area today and look and listen for information on television, radio, internet, mobile phones and by speaking with neighbours.

The State Emergency Service is asking people to be aware of the conditions, keep cool and keep an eye out for those are more susceptible to the heat such as the elderly, babies and young children and people who have medical conditions.

STAY INFORMED

CFS - visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au

SA Police - visit https://www.police.sa.gov.au/ or call 131 444.

SES - visit www.ses.sa.gov.au

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