A 61-YEAR-OLD Kudla man has been reported for lighting and maintaining a fire during a Total Fire Ban day, as a crazy weekend of fire activity kicked off on Friday.
The Country Fire Service declared the first of this past week’s two Total Fire Ban days on Friday, with temperatures reaching as high as 34°C at the Roseworthy weather station just after 3.30pm, and winds peaking at around 46 km/h and changing direction multiple times throughout the day.
Units from Dalkeith CFS and Elizabeth Metropolitan Fire Service were called to a fire at Campania Road South, Kudla, shortly after 4pm, after receiving reports of heavy smoke drifting across to the Gawler Gateway Tourist Park directly across the road.
They arrived to find the smoke coming from a rubbish burn at a property, resulting in a 61-yearold man being reported.
He will be summonsed to attend court at a later date.
Firefighters battle blazes over the weekend
LOCAL Country Fire Service (CFS) personnel attended two major fires across the extended region on Sunday, as South Australia experienced weather similar to what preceded the devastating 2015 Pinery bushfire.
CFS spokeswoman Alison Martin said local firefighters received call-outs to a number of fires in the Mid North, Barossa Valley and Gawler areas, when a Total Fire Ban was issued.
The fires occurred as winds peaked at 54 km/h at the Roseworthy weather station around midday, staying above 40 km/h for the rest of the afternoon and changing direction several times, while the mercury reached 31°C.
“(Sunday’s) weather saw winds similar to those seen during the Pinery fire,” Ms Martin said.
“Throughout the state, CFS had 43 fires yesterday (Sunday) and about 1500 volunteers attended those fires.”
The most significant fire was at Worlds End, around 60 km north of Eudunda, and saw about 260 firefighters – including many from local units – work quickly to contain the 280-hectare fire, which threatened property.
An Emergency Warning Message was issued for people in this area, along with an Emergency Alert, with firefighters working into Monday to have the fire fully contained.
Local CFS volunteers also attended two fires in Mount Crawford, just east of Williamstown, with both burning about four hectares of forest and requiring around 50 firefighters to contain.
Ms Martin said a number of the fires that started on Sunday were from rekindled burnoffs. “CFS reminds property owners to ensure they monitor burn-offs, and ensure they are extinguished properly before a day of high fire weather,” she said.
“With the eight fire ban districts starting the Fire Danger Season (today), CFS reminds people to remain vigilant, clean up their property and make a plan for themselves and their families before a fire starts.
“It’s easy to do a Five Minute Plan to Survive – just go to the CFS website, it could save your life.”