Eyre Peninsula fire danger seasons start November 1

While the Fire Danger Season has not been brought forward in Eyre Peninsula's three fire ban districts, the region's residents are being warned there is still the potential for bad fire conditions this summer.

The Country Fire Service announced the 2019/20 Fire Danger Season dates for 11 of the state's 15 districts on October 17.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula and West Coast fire ban districts will begin on November 1 alongside the North West Pastoral, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula and Riverland districts.

CFS Region Six prevention officer George Kozminski said there had been a very dry winter and soil moisture was extremely low in some parts of the region.

He said going into harvest some areas were looking good, especially on Lower Eyre Peninsula but paddocks were really dry in areas of upper and eastern Eyre Peninsula and the West Coast.

"We have the potential for horrendous fire conditions coming up with the dryness we've got," he said.

Mr Kozminski said farmers who had farm fire units should get them prepared now for fire season, including making sure they were tidy and in working order and ensuring hoses were working with no leaks.

He said anyone going to a fire in a farm fire unit should also get in contact with a CFS incident controller on the ground because in the event that damage was done to the vehicle repairs could be covered through an insurance process.

Residents were also encouraged to prepare their houses and properties, which included cleaning out gutters and removing weeds and anything else that could carry a fire.

"People who don't have a bushfire survival plan should pop online to the CFS website and complete a five-minute review, and if they have one they should ensure it's still applicable to their situation," Mr Kozminski said.

CFS deputy chief officer Andrew Stark said there had already been large fires interstate this year so it was timely for South Australians to be prepared.

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