Whilst we’ve recently been graced with sunshine, summer is well and truly over for SA. While we’re sad to see it go, we’re ready to embrace the cosy autumn months along with another silver lining to the seasonal change – the end of Fire Danger Season across the state. Though south Aussies can now enjoy roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire during their camping trips – the CFS is still urging caution alongside the relaxation of regulations.
“If the landscape remains dry in your area, please be very careful lighting winter burn-offs, keep them small, and monitor them closely,” Mr Jones said.
For residents in bushfire-prone areas, autumn and winter are a good opportunity to prune and clean-up around houses and sheds. Mulching garden off-cuts are a good option for those not wanting to conduct burn-offs, or for residents in areas where fires are not permitted.
“Many believe that our volunteers can now rest as summer is over,” Mr Jones said, “but nothing could be further from the truth. During the cooler months our firefighters respond to an increasing number of building fires and vehicle accidents.
“Our volunteers respond each and every day to bushfires, house fires, vehicle accidents and a variety of other emergencies,” Mr Jones said.
“The toll of deaths and injuries on our roads is far too high and I urge all South Australian to drive with caution. Our volunteers are helping South Australians 24 hours a day, every day of the year,” Mr Jones said.
South Australia’s Fire Danger Season concluded for all remaining Fire Danger Districts at midnight Friday 30th April.
Country Fire Service responses during the 2020-2021 Fire Danger Season (1 November 2020 – 29 April 2021):
Vehicle accidents: 1,110
Building fires: 156
Hazmat incident: 80