Authorities have warned that extreme and severe fire dangers across South Australia today could prove a recipe for disaster.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) has warned that the fire danger rating doesn’t have to be catastrophic for a blaze to take hold.
Adelaide has a forecast maximum temperature of 42C, while many other centres will edge even higher, with Ceduna and Wudinna on the state’s West Coast predicted to reach 45C.
Hot northerly winds are also expected throughout the day before a wind change is expected to reach Adelaide this evening.
“We have seen conditions like this in New South Wales and Tasmania recently where hundreds of homes have been lost, so this is a very serious fire danger day for South Australia tomorrow,” said Leigh Miller from the CFS.
Total fire bans are in place across the state, except for the Adelaide Metropolitan area and the north-east pastoral district.
Police say they will be on patrol in high fire danger areas, keeping a close eye on 33 potential arsonists.
“Keeping a watch out for suspicious behaviour, engaging with our persons of interest, those people who we believe have a particular focus on lighting fires,” said Assistant Commissioner Bryan Fahy from SA Police.
Authorities have urged people to notify police if they see anyone acting suspiciously.