Weather forecast prompts Eyre Peninsula fire bans

FIRE: Crews fight the Cockaleechie fire at Chinmina last Thursday. Photo: Steve Bell
FIRE: Crews fight the Cockaleechie fire at Chinmina last Thursday. Photo: Steve Bell

A total fire ban has been issued across the three Eyre Peninsula districts as forecast weather conditions are expected to elevate fire risk on Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast fresh to strong northeast to northwesterly winds across most of South Australia, with the strongest winds of about 40-60km/h expected from early morning to mid afternoon around Eyre and Yorke peninsulas, Kangaroo Island and the southeastern slopes of the Mount Lofty Ranges.

In response to expected conditions the CFS warns a total fire ban has been issued across the three Eyre Peninsula districts, with severe fire danger forecast for West Coast and Eastern Eyre Peninsula and extreme conditions for Lower Eyre Peninsula.

The fire ban will be in place from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow.

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The CFS has encouraged residents to implement their Bushfire Survival Plan and landowners are asked to adhere to local harvest codes of practice which are available from their local council.

Showers are expected to develop later in the day though rainfall amounts will be generally less than 5mm.

On the water strong to gale force winds are expected for all coastal waters on Tuesday, with strong winds persisting over central and southern waters Wednesday morning.

This warning comes after 1300 hectares were burned in a fire at Cockaleechie on Thursday.

The fire danger season for all three Eyre Peninsula districts will finish this Thursday, April 15.

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