Fire activity limited during extreme heat

Fire activity limited during extreme heat

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COOL HEADS: Despite soaring heat and dry conditions, CFS reported no major incidences yesterday.

COOL HEADS: Despite soaring heat and dry conditions, CFS reported no major incidences yesterday.

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THE Country Fire Service has issued a vote of thanks to the SA community for making it through yesterday’s extreme heatwave without a major bushfire.

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THE Country Fire Service has issued a vote of thanks to the SA community for making it through yesterday’s extreme heatwave without a major bushfire.

Temperatures soared to record levels across the state with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting temperatures of 48.2 degrees Celsius at Port Augusta and 48.7C at Tarcoola.

There were also numerous heat records broken with Marree reaching 46.8C, Port Pirie to 46.9C – after a recording on 40.1C at 9am – Snowtown and Minnipa at 47.3C, Port Lincoln 47C and Roseworthy at 46.9C.

A total fire ban had been declared across the state with Severe or Extreme declared in all areas.

Where fire ban districts have a forecast fire danger rating of Extreme, only well prepared, well constructed and actively defended houses are likely to offer safety during a fire.

Where fire ban districts have a forecast fire danger rating of Severe, well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.

Speaking on social media, the CFS also issued a thanks to its volunteers.

“Many continued to attend smaller incidents in difficult conditions and stood ready to respond if required,” it read.

There were some reports of grassfires during the day, including at Mount Crawford, Duncan and Port Elliot.

With a change making its way across the night, there were also warnings about damaging winds on the West Coast and Eyre Peninsula, with crews monitoring that.

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