Fire­fight­ers warn of busy sea­son

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CEN­TRAL Aus­tralia is pre­par­ing for a busy fire sea­son, with above-av­er­age rain­fall pro­vid­ing in­creased fuel loads for bush­fires.

Bush­fires NT and the NT Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice is­sued the fire sea­son warn­ing yes­ter­day.

Se­nior fire con­trol of­fi­cer Joshua Fis­cher said land­hold­ers needed to plan and pre­pare now for what is set to be a busier bush­fire sea­son than pre­vi­ous years.

“Above-av­er­age rain­fall for much of Cen­tral Aus­tralia dur­ing the past two years has in­creased fuel loads and fire po­ten­tial in the Burt Plains and MacDon­nell re­gions,” he said.

“Low-ly­ing and wa­ter drainage ar­eas have high­erthan-nor­mal fuel loads associated with con­sec­u­tive rain events and the dis­tri­bu­tion of in­tro­duced grass species.”

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