Be bushfire smart before heading to the park

Date posted: 12 February 2013

With more than half of the fire danger season remaining, people planning to visit South Australia’s parks and reserves are being reminded to be bushfire aware before leaving home.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Fire Management Manager Shane Wiseman said it was important for the community to be mindful of the bushfire risk when entering any park throughout the fire danger season.

“When Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger ratings are declared, or there is bushfire activity, some national parks, wildlife national parks, wilderness protection and recreation areas may be closed to visitors,” he said.

“You can always check the Parks SA website or contact the local regional office for any park closure advice.

“Hot weather doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the park but it does mean that we need to be extra cautious, particularly when fire dangers reach these elevated ratings.

“While visitors need to be extra careful not to start a fire, either on purpose or by accident, they also need to be prepared and know what to do if a bushfire does start in the vicinity.”

Shane said other preparations can be as simple as carrying a mobile phone, listening to ABC 891 radio, letting someone know where you are going, taking adequate water, planning your route including escape routes, and knowing how long you will be there.

“It’s mainly common sense and being aware of the situation around you and, if you see smoke in the distance then you obviously need to be vigilant about leaving and finding safety,” he said.

“It is the responsibility of individuals who plan to travel in these areas to be well informed and prepared and to have a bushfire survival plan.”

View the fire danger season dates.

Visit the Parks SA website.


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