Temperatures throughout the state are predicted to reach as high as 44 degrees in some areas, accompanied by strong winds and low humidity. Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright said aircrafts were being deployed earlier than usual to help counter the unprecedented November heatwave.
The conditions have prompted the CFS to issue a bushfire warning of catastrophic conditions, with catastrophic rated above extreme and severe risk conditions, in both the Flinders and north-west pastoral districts - the first time the term has been used. In such conditions, the CFS says any fire is highly likely to be fast moving and uncontrollable, with the safest option of residents in bushfire to leave the properties early.
The catastrophic category rates the risk as similar to those conditions prevalent on Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires in February earlier this year.
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