Are You Living In An Area Identified With Increased Bushfire Risk This Spring?

A large part of Australia has been put on high alert for bushfires this spring by the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC).

The Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for spring 2023 said the country’s climate influences “have shifted significantly since last spring”.

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It attributed above average rainfall throughout consecutive La Nina years has resulted in the Bureau of Meteorology’s predication of higher chances of above average temperatures and below average rainfall for almost the entire country.

For spring, vast parts of New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Queensland have been identified with increased risk of bushfire as well as regions in South Australia and Victoria.

Residents in the identified areas are being urged to plan ahead and to monitor conditions.

AFAC CEO Rob Webb said the climate influences increasing the risk of bushfires this spring are widespread.

“Almost the entire country can expect drier and warmer conditions than normal this spring, so it is important for Australians be alert to local risks of bushfire over the coming months, regardless of their location,” he said.

“Fire is a regular part of the Australian landscape in spring. Wherever you live, work or travel, now is the time to plan and prepare.

“Understand your risk, know where you will get your information, and talk to your family about what you will do.”

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