Caution requested as stubble and broad acre burnings begin

Caution requested as stubble and broad acre burnings begin

As landowners begin stubble burning on paddocks in preparation for seeding, people may notice an increase in smoke in grain and crop growing districts.

“With the state still within the Fire Danger Season, land owners are reminded to gain approval from their local council prior to considering burns,” SA Country Fire Service State Duty Commander Nik Stanley said.

“With windy conditions predicted in some areas on Sunday and Monday, we would also ask landowners to hold off burns until the weather is calmer,” he said.

“Those who have conducted burns in the lead up to this weekend should also check to make sure they are fully extinguished.”

During the Fire Danger Season burns can only be carried out if the correct permit under the Fire And Emergency Services Act has been issued and conditions adhered to.

“Schedule 9 permits must all be obtained from the local council prior to burns beginning,” Mr Stanley said.

Fire Ban Season are currently forecast to end in the following districts on:

  • 31 March 2019 for North East Pastoral and North West Pastoral
  • 15 April 2019 for Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Murraylands, Riverland, Upper South East, West Coast and Yorke Peninsula.
  • 30 April 2019 for Adelaide Metropolitan, Kangaroo Island, Lower South East, Mid North and Mount Lofty Ranges.

Bushfire Management Committees are currently meeting around the state to review conditions and consider possible extensions to Bushfire Danger Season dates in districts of concern or elevated risk.

Outside of the Fire Danger Season burns must comply with local council, EPA and Environmental Protection regulations covered in the Broad Acre Burning or Vegetation Pile Burning Codes of Practice.

Source: SA CFS