CFS respond to escaped burn offs on Lower Eyre Peninsula

BURN: Farmers are advised to remain vigilant of burn-offs, especially at the moment in account of the dry conditions.
BURN: Farmers are advised to remain vigilant of burn-offs, especially at the moment in account of the dry conditions.

The Country Fire Service is warning farmers to be vigilant with their burn-offs outside the fire danger season after three fires on Tuesday and Wednesday.

CFS crews were active throughout Tuesday, first with a escaped burn off near Cummins at about 4pm followed by another fire at North Shields at about 7pm.

On Wednesday morning, just after 9am, crews were sent to Ungarra to respond to a scrub fire after a burn off conducted the day before reignited.

From 4pm, 10 appliances responded to fires across the Lower Eyre Peninsula.

CFS Region Six regional commander Gavin Warnes said farmers who were planning to burn off should remain vigilant with their burn offs and ensure they would not reignite or escape from their property.

 “It’s still quite dry, we hadn’t had the opening rains yet and it’s dryer than normal,” he said.

Mr Warnes said out of control burn offs put pressure on CFS volunteers and when fires escaped into scrub it could take extra effort to ensure the fire area was under control.

The fire danger season finished for all Eyre Peninsula fire districts on Saturday and many farmers are now preparing their land for the start of seeding.

Mr Warnes said even though it was no longer fire danger season, farmers should remember to monitor the fire area, including days afterwards to ensure there was no reignition, and to monitor weather conditions.

He said farmers should also warn neighbouring properties if they were going to do a burnoff and be aware of smoke generated.