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Total Fire Ban For Mt Lofty Ranges Today

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A severe bushfire risk has been declared for five South Australian districts including the Mt Lofty Ranges today, with temperatures set to soar.

The Country Fire Service has declared a total fire ban saying severe conditions can be expected across several regions with temperatures hitting the low 40s in some areas.

The bureau is predicting hot to very hot and dry conditions with northerly winds increasing to 45km an hour through the morning, that will ease later as a south westerly change hits the state.

Areas affected:

West Coast - Severe
Lower Eyre Peninsula - Severe
Mount Lofty Ranges - Severe
Yorke Peninsula - Severe
Kangaroo Island - Severe

Where Total Fire Bans have been declared, very hazardous fire weather conditions are predicted.

The Total Fire Ban will apply for 24 hours from midnight tonight to midnight tomorrow.

The CFS recommends that you implement your Bushfire Survival Plan.

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

If you don't have a plan to ensure your survival, leaving early before a fire starts is your safest option.
In making your plan, you should be aware that in high fire danger conditions, essential services including mains-fed electricity and water supply may not be available due to the prevailing weather conditions.

Landowners are asked to adhere to local harvest codes of practice which are available from your local council.

Landowners are also asked to ensure that any burn-off activities conducted today are fully extinguished before midnight tonight.

Agencies are advised to activate their Total Fire Ban procedures in preparation for these predicted fire weather conditions.

For further information contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 or visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au