Lightning starts Western Eyre fires

WESTERN Eyre CFS Group firefighters were busy all day Sunday after a series of fires were ignited across the Western Eyre Peninsula from lightning strikes.

The first fires emerged at around 2.30am after the first lightning band moved over the region, with the CFS particularly focusing on developing fires at Wallala and north of Nunjikompita.

A second lightning band moved through the region at around 10.30am, which caused multiple grass across the region, including near Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Smoky Bay and Wirrulla.

There were also other fires reported in national parkland north of the Dog Fence.

There were around 30 fires the CFS was aware of, making it the busiest day for firefighters so far this fire season.

All Western Eyre Group appliances were called out to control the fires throughout the day, as well as from Wudinna and Minnipa brigades in the Caralue Group.

There were 12 appliances and 50 firefighters active during the day as well as about 40 local farmers.

Local brigades were thankful to local farmers for helping put out the various fires.

CFS Region 6 regional prevention officer George Kozminski said without them, it would've made the job a lot harder.

Another total fire ban was in place on Tuesday, as another lightning band moved through the region.

However, the CFS warned it was difficult to predict where a fire would form during a lightning storm.

Mr Kozminski said lightning was an unpredictable element in fighting fires.

"It would be easier if we were able to predict where the lightning will strike, it's a wait and see game," he said.

"It's typical November and December weather, people will need to be alert and if they smoke then call 000."

Local people are encouraged to be alert of current incidents and warnings reported on ABC Radio, or go online at www.cfs.sa.gov.au

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