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21 Nov 2019 | 01:10 AM UTC

Australia: Severe fire warnings in South Australia November 21

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Authorities issue severe fire warnings for Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges, and Riverland areas of South Australia state on November 21; multiple bushfires ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Australia/South). COUNTRY/REGION South Australia, Yorketown, Edithburgh


The South Australian County Fire Service (CFS) issued severe fire warnings for parts of South Australia state on Thursday, November 21. Total Fire Bans and severe warnings are in effect for Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges, and Riverland. As of Thursday, the CFS is fighting more than 45 fires across the state. A dangerous bushfire on Stansbury Road in Yorketown is uncontrolled and officials have warned that conditions are continually changing. Another fire is burning out of control near Edithburgh. At least 6000 properties are without power on Thursday due to the blazes.

Further fire warnings and evacuation orders are possible in South Australia state over the coming hours and days. A heightened security presence, road closures, and power outages are to be expected in the vicinity of any wildfire. Additional information on fire warnings can be found on the CFS website here.


Wildfires are an annual event in Australia between December and February; however, authorities have been on high alert since September 2015 over unseasonably warm temperatures, prompting scientists to speculate that climate change could be extending and increasing the intensity of the fire season.


Individuals in South Australia are advised to keep abreast of warnings and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders). As high temperatures are expected in the near-term, individuals are also advised to remain hydrated and minimize outdoor activities. Furthermore, individuals should limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution; seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.


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