In response to the impending threat of catastrophic fire conditions, South Australia has closed 80 national parks and reserves in five critical regions for a period of 24 hours, starting from midnight on Thursday, December 7th.
The regions affected by these temporary closures include Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, Riverland, Yorke Peninsula, and Mid North.
The decision to close these natural areas was made in light of the elevated fire danger conditions expected in these regions, with authorities prioritising public safety and preventing the risk of potential bushfires.
Forecasters predict a dangerous combination of soaring temperatures in the mid-40s, fierce wind gusts reaching up to 90 km/h, and widespread dry lightning, creating a severe fire threat across multiple regions.
This measure aims to reduce the risk of human activity igniting fires, which can quickly escalate under extreme weather conditions.
CFS Chief Officer Brett Loughlin AFSM emphasised the severity of the impending conditions, highlighting the risk of fast-moving, intense grass fires due to the combination of high temperatures, strong winds, and significant fuel loads. “Fires can threaten suddenly and travel very fast,” he said.
Residents, tourists, and nature enthusiasts are advised to take note of these closures and adhere to the restrictions in place to ensure their safety and the safety of the environment.
Visitors are encouraged to stay updated by referring to the official South Australian National Parks website, where they can find detailed information on the closures and alerts for each affected region.
For a comprehensive list of park closures and specific updates related to each region, concerned individuals can visit the following links:
- Mid North Park Closures
- Riverland Park Closures
- Eastern Eyre Peninsula Park Closures
- Flinders Park Closures
- Yorke Peninsula Park Closures
The government and relevant authorities are closely monitoring the weather conditions, and the decision to reopen these national parks will be made with utmost consideration for public safety. It is essential for the community to stay informed about updates and comply with the closures during this critical period.
For the latest information and additional updates, individuals are encouraged to visit the official South Australian National Parks website here.