Schools to close in catastrophic conditions

Schools to close in catastrophic conditions

Some schools and childcare centres across the Eyre Peninsula will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday November 20 as catastrophic fire danger conditions hit the region.

A total fire ban was declared for today in preparation for tomorrow's conditions, with the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula and West Coast all expecting catastrophic fire danger.

The Cleve Area School, Cleve District Children's Centre and Lock Area School will be closed for the day.

The Cowell Area School, Kimba Area School and Port Neill Primary School will remain open but school buses managed by the education department will not run.

Bureau of Meterology supervising meteorologist Paul Laino said potentially record-breaking maximum temperatures, strong gusty winds and dry conditions made Wednesday a day of significant fire risk across parts of South Australia.

"We're looking at temperatures peaking 8-18°C above average for Wednesday ahead of a cold front that's accompanied with strong winds," he said.

"The strong cold front moves from the west of the state in the afternoon and evening, before heading over central and southern parts overnight, then through the far north east during Thursday."

The CFS is reminding people to implement their Bushfire Survival Plan.

For those without a plan, leaving early before a fire starts is the safest option.

In making a plan, the CFS is reminding the community that essential services including mains-fed electricity and water supply may be unavailable.

SA Metropolitan Fire Service Chief Officer Michael Morgan said people should make note of their Bushfire Safer Place and have multiple routes to travel safely on the road.

"Don't leave it too late, know where you are and have a plan if a bushfire starts, know where you will go and have several routes to ensure you and your family are safe," Mr Morgan said.

"A car is one of the most dangerous places you can be during a bushfire, so don't get caught out."

To make a bushfire plan and find more information about preparing, visit

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