Complete fire bans have been declared in two South Australian districts on Monday, because of possible fire danger conditions.
The ban will start from midnight and will continue for 24 hours in the Mt Lofty Ranges and Lower South East. As reported by 9News, hot, dry weather is predicted in both the regions. It will be very windy. Northwesterly winds will strengthen and turn southwesterly in the afternoon and later might turn into southeasterly.
According to Sky News, the ban will be applicable in the Surf Coast, where a bushfire is still burning and is out of control. The other areas which come under the total fire ban are Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Hamilton.
CFS has predicted a severe fire danger in both areas and also recommended people to implement their bushfire survival plan. It has also advised the landowners that they must make sure that any burn-off activities conducted before the ban should be extinguished totally and completely.
The CFS site gives details of how you can be bushfire ready. Circumstances may prevent you from leaving your property even if you are planning to leave. Thus, being well prepared for such situation is essential. CFS has also prepared a Bushfire Ready Assessment tool that helps in recognizing exactly what you need to do to safeguard your family and property. The tool will tell about your level of preparedness. And if your preparedness is not on the recommended level then you will be given necessary advice how to improve your safety.
The site also confirms that more than 35 suburbs in the fringes of Adelaide are in areas which are bushfire prone. More than 75 towns in the Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island come under bushfire prone areas.
Most of the causalities happen because people do not know how to protect their family and property. Moreover, they attempt to flee upon seeing the danger. Sometimes evacuating becomes impossible for some families, particularly if one household member would have difficulties in evacuating without help. These facts again emphasizes the importance of bushfire survival plan.