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Why Risk It?

At midnight today Fire Danger Season will have finished in all Fire Districts across South Australia.

Although the weather is getting cooler, environmental conditions remain dry and there is still a risk of bushfire. If you are planning to take advantage of the end of the Fire Danger Season to clean up around your property please watch our ‘Why Risk It? Safe Garden Waste Burning’ video which includes helpful safety tips.

To prevent bushfires, it is really important that people continue to consider local restrictions, weather and environmental conditions prior to burning and vital that people ensure the fire is completely extinguished prior to leaving the site.

Also, a timely reminder that deliberately or recklessly causing a bushfire at any time of year, including outside of the Fire Danger Season, is a serious offence.

In response to the 2020-21 Fire Danger Season, SAPOL has again launched Operation Nomad. This includes high visibility police patrols in high risk fire danger areas and a community engagement campaign titled Why Risk It?

This campaign has been developed in collaboration with the SA Country Fire Service to increase awareness around four activities that accidentally cause bushfires:

SAPOL has produced video clips around each of these activities and have now released them on the SAPOL website, Neighbourhood Watch website and our social media platforms.

SAPOL has also produced bushfire prevention fact sheets that cover these topics as well as fire prevention in rural, urban, retail, home, business and school settings. You can view and print out the fact sheets and your own Why Risk It? posters from our Safety and security tips page to support the campaign.

You can help!

You too can help SAPOL and other emergency services to make this season as safe as possible. If you undertake any activity which may be a fire risk, please consider the weather conditions and check the restrictions around that activity beforehand by visiting the CFS website.

It is also important that you continue to report suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour by calling SAPOL on 131 444. If you see a fire or there is an imminent risk of a fire, call Triple Zero (000). If you have any information about someone deliberately lighting fires call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online. You can remain anonymous.

For further information about what you can and can’t do during the Fire Danger Season please visit the CFS website