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30 August: earliest total fire bans in South Australian history

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

30 August: the earliest total fire bans in South Australian history were in force days before the end of winter, as the state prepared for a dangerously hot and windy day today, reported The Advertiser (30/8/2007, p. 1). High temperatures, strong wind gusts: Bans came into force at midnight for the West Coast, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula and Mt Lofty Ranges, just four months after last summer’s fire bans were lifted in April. The bans were still in force until midnight tonight, when much of the state will have baked in unseasonal temperatures up to 30C and been lashed by winds gusting up to 120km/h. Country Fire Service deputy state co-ordinator Malim Watts said the bans were the earliest on record. He said the previous earliest was October last year. Watts said the decision to bring in a total ban came after days of consultations with regional commanders and the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Advertiser, 30/8/2007, p. 1

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