Jay Weatherill visits Port Augusta

BUSHFIRE: CFS regional prevention officer Nik Ludborz, CFS regional commander Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill discuss the severity of recent bushfires.
BUSHFIRE: CFS regional prevention officer Nik Ludborz, CFS regional commander Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill discuss the severity of recent bushfires.
MAP: Bluey Devine shows premier Jay Weatherill where bushfires hit South Australia.

MAP: Bluey Devine shows premier Jay Weatherill where bushfires hit South Australia.

Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill

Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill

Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill.

Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill.

Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill.

Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill.

Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill.

Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill.

(From left) Andrew Lawson, Nik Ludborz, Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill.

(From left) Andrew Lawson, Nik Ludborz, Bluey Devine and premier Jay Weatherill.

PORT AUGUSTA: Premier Jay Weatherill fronts the media in Port Augusta on Saturday.

PORT AUGUSTA: Premier Jay Weatherill fronts the media in Port Augusta on Saturday.

VISIT: Premier Jay Weatherill leaving Port Augusta.

VISIT: Premier Jay Weatherill leaving Port Augusta.

Premier Jay Weatherill.

Premier Jay Weatherill.

Premier Jay Weatherill has thanked the Country Fire Service for their efforts to contain the Bangor bushfire during a quick visit to Port Augusta.

The Premier was given a full briefing of the fire during a meeting with CFS officers at the region 4 headquarters on Main Street on Saturday.

Mr Weatherill commeneded the efforts of those involved.

"This has been an extroadinary effort by the CFS the volunteers and the farm firefighting units that have all collobarted to bring this fire under control," he said.

"It's a fantastic example of our CFS volunteers working extroadinarily hard in difficult circumstances to bring a fire which was really quite a threatening fire to townships in the mid north under control.

"We are not completely out of the woods yet but the fire is contained."

CFS regional commander Bluey Devine said Mr Weatherill was told every detail about the fire.

"It was a welcome opportunity to speak about the valiant efforts of everyone involved in the fire," he said.

"We gave him a full briefing on the fire from its start and also the support services such as our farm fire units, police, SES, DEWNR (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources), Forestry SA and all the people that supported us throughout this entire process."

The three week blaze has burnt through 23,000 hectares and claimed several properties but no lives have been lost.

Mr Devine was proud of the efforts of his team and the support services.

"We have 62 brigades in our region and I have to say every single volunteer put their heart and soul into this fire and they've done an outstanding effort and they should be proud of themselves," he said.

"Fortunately we were able to save lives and that's number one."

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