Mount Lofty Ranges fire danger season starting date announced

The Mount Lofty Ranges' fire danger season starting date has been announced. Photo: File.
The Mount Lofty Ranges' fire danger season starting date has been announced. Photo: File.

The Fire Danger Season for the Mount Lofty Ranges region, which covers the Fleurieu Peninsula, will begin on December 1.

The fire season usually starts in the district around the beginning of December. 

Country Fire Service (CFS) preparedness operations director Leigh Miller said people living in the areas should prepare for the fire season.

“This means clearing vegetation near their homes, ensuring grass is mowed and maintained, clearing gutters,” Mr Miller said.

“For those planning to burn excess vegetation on their property, please be reminded to clear a four metre break around any piles, this includes grass and leaf litter. Also have someone in attendance at all times with a sustainable water source in case the fire spreads.

“It is also important to continue monitoring the fire on the days following the burn to ensure it has not rekindled.”

He said recently-attended fires were pile burns which spread or rekindled and became out-of-control.

“These fires can still have devastating consequences so please conduct these burns with caution,” Mr Miller said.

Council permits must be gained to conduct a burn once the fire season has begun, and EPA restrictions must be checked.

The Mount Lofty Ranges’ fire danger season will end on April 30, 2018.

For more information, visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au