Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Danger Season extended until May 15
Lower than average rainfalls combined with higher than average temperatures has led to the CFS extending the Fire Danger Season by 15 days for the Mount Lofty Ranges.
CFS Director of Preparedness Operations Leigh Miller said the risk of bushfire will not subside until we have substantial rainfall to encourage green grass growth and increase fuel moisture in bushland areas.
"We would require rainfall of more than 70mm in some areas, combined with milder autumn conditions, before we are likely to see a reduction in risk," Mr Miller said.
Some areas of the Mount Lofty Ranges are between 25 - 100mm lower than their average rainfall from January to April according to Bureau of Meteorology records.
Mr Miller cautioned people in areas where the Fire Danger Season had, or was about to be, completed when commencing burn-offs.
Mr Miller advised that anyone wishing to do any burning after the season has ended to comply with the Broad Acre Burning Code of Practice to make sure burning is done safely.
"There will still be patches within the state where fuel loads are still high and very dry, so people may need to delay their burn-offs a few more weeks to avoid large fires," he said.
Fire Danger Season completion dates for the Adelaide Metropolitan, Kangaroo Island, Lower South East, Mid North, and Yorke Peninsula fire ban districts will still finish on 30 April 2018.
From 15 May until the 30th of November (unless otherwise advised by the CFS), Rural land owners require a permit to burn under the Environment Protection Act 1993.
For the latest information on the Fire Danger Season dates please visit the CFS website.
No burning is permitted in the township area (excludes areas zoned Rural in the Town of Gawler Development Plan)
Burning is only permitted in the non-township area between 10am and 3pm Mon - Sat (not on public holidays or Total Fire Ban Days)
Fire Danger Season: Generally from 30 November to 30 April - refer CFS website for latest update.
Beginning April 1st until the 30th of November, Rural land owners require a permit to burn under the Environment Protection Act 1993.
Notices are issued from October to November, to the owners/occupants of land to take action to remedy properties assessed to have an unreasonable risk of fire on the land.
Pursuant to Section 105(f) of the Fire and Emergency Services ACT 2005, Land owners are required to take action to protect the property on the land from fire, or to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land, or the spread of fire through the land by;
The clearing of flammable or potentially flammable undergrowth on the land to a maximum height of 10cm within fourteen (14) days, of receiving a Flammable Undergrowth Notice.
Definition - "Flammable Undergrowth means grass, weeds and any other growth which may become flammable if not destroyed in the ordinary course of the season."
If the owner/occupant of the land fails to comply with a notice served upon him/her pursuant to the above Act, council and its agents may enter upon the land and carry out the requirements of such notice. All rural properties are required to have a 4 metre fire break all around the perimeter of the property, even if the property owners have stock on the land, and a 20 metre fire break around any structures, buildings etc. on the property.
Any expense incurred by the council pursuant to the above Act may be recovered from the said owner/occupier. Council fees in such instances will be charged at an hourly rate for any properties over half an acre. The clearing of properties by burning is not permitted.