Be prepared for Easter fire bans

Be prepared for Easter fire bans

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With above average temperatures and drier than normal weather continuing this week, the SA Country Fire Service is reminding holiday travellers to continue to look and listen for news of bushfires throughout the long weekend.

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With above average temperatures and drier than normal weather continuing this week, the SA Country Fire Service is reminding holiday travellers to continue to look and listen for news of bushfires throughout the long weekend.

The risk of bushfires is still very high and forecasts have several districts bordering on Total Fire Ban declarations at some point throughout the long weekend.

"Everyone wants to have a restful Easter long weekend, including our volunteer firefighters. So people need to be aware of where they may be travelling to, and what the conditions and fire restrictions may be in the area," CFS state duty commander Yvette Dowling said.

Popular holiday places within the Yorke Peninsula, Riverland, Murraylands and other parts of the state will still be within the Fire Danger Season, because of the extended dates.

"Campers in particular should make sure they are aware of restrictions on camping and cooking fires, particularly at camping sites or if Total Fire Bans are declared," Ms Dowling said.

Gas and electric cooking appliances can be used during the Fire Danger Season under the appropriate conditions.

"With the continued dryness across the state, and warmer conditions this week, we would recommend campers plan to cook with gas rather than risk a wood fire over the Easter break," Ms Dowling said.

"One small spark could quickly become a very large fire under the conditions we are expecting."

Travellers can check which Fire Ban District they are traveling into at cfs.sa.gov.au.

They should also monitor CFS social media channels on Facebook or Twitter, local radio outlets to find out if Total Fire Bans have been issued for the area they are in, or to find more information if a fire is be burning in their area.

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