Fire crews are on standby, command centres are ready to go and water-bombing aircraft have been prepared as South Australia heads into a day of high bushfire risk.
Dangerous conditions have been declared in most districts for Monday, prompting total fire bans amid warnings the scrub is ready to burn.
Country Fire Service duty commander Brenton Hastie says the underlying dryness means fires can become dangerous very quickly.
“We had a later start to the season but we’re now into January and the fuel is completely cured which means fires can burn to their maximum,” he said.
“So tomorrow is a day of concern for us. An extreme fire danger rating does mean that a fire has the potential to absolutely threaten lives and homes.”
The Bureau of Meteorology says Adelaide will have a top temperature of about 37C but the mercury will push into the 40s in some regional centres.
It says winds will also rise, contributing to the fire danger on Monday morning, but conditions will start to ease later in the day as a cooler change moves through.
Temperatures will be milder for the rest of the week.
An extreme fire danger rating is forecast for the Lower South East, while a severe fire danger rating has been set for the Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland, Mount Lofty Ranges, Murraylands, Kangaroo Island and Upper South East.
Emergency Services Minister Vincent Tarzia said South Australians should always be prepared to respond to the threat of bushfires.
“Whether you’re travelling across South Australia enjoying our beautiful state on holiday, or back at home, you must always be prepared to respond to a bushfire emergency,” Mr Tarzia said.
“Have your bushfire survival plan ready. It takes five minutes to complete and could save your life.”