Police to Patrol Firebugs While South Australians Prepare for Hot Summer


South Australian police will conduct patrols in high-risk fire areas this Christmas, with the state set to sizzle during another hot spell, reported ABC.

Officers involved in Operation Nomad have been told to keep an eye on known firebugs.

According to AAP, the mercury is set to reach 37C in Adelaide on Friday, with strong northerly winds forecast throughout the morning.

A significant change is tipped to arrive mid-afternoon, bringing cooler temperatures but also very gusty southerly winds and possible lightning storms.

Total fire bans are expected to be issued in up to 10 districts and firefighters will be on standby across the state to deal with any flare-ups.

Country Fire Service state coordinator Leigh Miller says the forecast conditions are the worst he can recall for Christmas Day in almost 30 years.

“We don’t need to have catastrophic conditions for bad fires to start,” he told reporters.

“We’ve had many fires continue, throughout all the years we’ve been in the CFS, in conditions much less than what we’re going to be facing on Christmas Day.”

Bureau of Meteorology acting regional director John Nairn said Friday’s forecast cool change should not be cause for complacency.

“What we’re likely to see is that the most dangerous fire conditions are after the change comes through,” he said.

The official fire bans and fire danger ratings for Christmas Day will be announced after 4:00 pm on Thursday.

The CFS has issued total fire bans with a danger rating of severe for Christmas Eve in the West Coast, Eastern Eyre Peninsula and Lower South East districts.

In this post CFS writes, preparation of your home and property is an essential key throughout the year to ensure that you, your property and your family survive. A well-prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that hasn’t been prepared. A well-prepared home:

  • can be easier for you or firefighters to defend
  • is more likely to survive, even if you’re not there
  • is less likely to put your neighbours’ homes at risk
  • will give you more protection if a fire threatens suddenly and you cannot leave and have to take shelter
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