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Total fire bans as SA heats up

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a fire weather warning for South Australia and the CFS has declared total fire bans in six districts with parts of the state set to endure temperatures of up to 43 degrees today.

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The BoM anticipates the hot weather to be accompanied by winds of up to 50 km/h crossing the Eyre Peninsula, prompting the CFS to declare a severe fire danger rating for the region’s eastern and lower districts.

Total fire bans are also in place for the Yorke Peninsula, Lower South East, Mid North and Mount Lofty Ranges, the latter the site of the Cherry Gardens bushfire which destroyed two properties, 19 outbuildings and burned more than 2700 hectares of scrub and grassland.

The CFS recommends that residents within the severe fire danger rating areas today activate their bushfire survival plan.

Adelaide has a forecast max of 38, with the CFS issuing a “very high” fire danger rating for the metropolitan district.

Police Senior Constable Matt Brown said police would be patrolling areas across the state to monitor for suspicious behaviour.

“Police patrols as part of Operation Nomad will target bushfire prone areas throughout the state today,” Brown told ABC Radio.

“The recent bushfires across the state are a sad reminder of the dangers of bushfires on very hot days, and we urge members of the public to remain vigilant.”

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