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'Start preparing': Bushfire season dates brought forward

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 11/10/2018 Edward Godfrey

Fire danger season dates have been brought forward in seven South Australian districts, after a dry winter and warm spring. 

The Country Fire Service says it's preparing for a dangerous bushfire season and is warning residents of the heightened risk.

"All we need is that heat, that wind, that low humidity and we've got all the ingredients for a bushfire to spread rapidly across the landscape," Brett Loughlin from the CFS said.

a close up of a tree: South Australian fire authorities are urging residents to start preparing for the coming bushfire season, amid dangerous weather conditions. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd South Australian fire authorities are urging residents to start preparing for the coming bushfire season, amid dangerous weather conditions.

"We're taking this seriously and we urge the public to take it seriously as well."

The fire danger season in the Flinders, North East Pastoral and North West Pastoral districts will now start on October 22.

The Mid-North, Murraylands, Riverland, Yorke Peninsula, West Coast, Eastern Eyre and Lower Eyre Peninsula fire danger seasons will start on November 1. 

The CFS says it's bringing the dates forward by two weeks and is urging people to start preparing. 

Seven districts across the state have had their bushfire season dates advanced by two weeks to provide extra time to get ready. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Seven districts across the state have had their bushfire season dates advanced by two weeks to provide extra time to get ready.

"If they haven't done any preparation, now is a really good time to start doing that preparation, particularly in the areas where the season is going to start early," he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology also says an El Nino alert has been issued.

The last time South Australia was on El Nino alert was in 2015, when the deadly Pinery bushfire claimed two lives and the Sampson Flat bushfires destroyed dozens of houses.

The Emergency Services Minister has confirmed a redesigned version of the Alert SA phone app - which failed last summer - won't be ready in time for this fire season.

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