SA Country Fire Service on the ready

Aviation assistance will be based in Hoyleton while harvest is underway in the Clare region.
Aviation assistance will be based in Hoyleton while harvest is underway in the Clare region.

During this year’s harvest, the Clare region will be better protected thanks to the SA Country Fire Service deploying aviation resources to the area. 

Based at the Hoyleton airstrip, the aerial bombers will respond to any reports of grass or scrub fires in the area.

Aviation resources will be deployed upon any reports of fire in the area...

CFS manager aviation operations David Pearce

CFS manager aviation operations David Pearce said the region was assessed as being at a higher ignition risk while the harvest is underway.

“Aviation resources will be deployed upon any reports of fire in the area, with the quick response providing support for our firefighters on the ground,” Mr Pearce said.

With a number of crop and stubble fires started by headers/harvesters each year, CFS sends aircraft as an initial response to give information to firefighters on the ground and assist them with bombing the fireground. 

“Once the harvest has concluded, or when the risk in other parts of the state has increased, the resources will be centrally relocated in response to other risks across the state,” Mr Pearce said.

“However, the Clare area will continue to be protected by both aviation resources and those firefighters on the ground throughout the entire Fire Danger Season.”

Mid North fire danger season end April 30, 2018.