Risky fire sea­son fore­cast

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Lewis Fis­cher

Vic­to­ria could be in for a riskier than av­er­age sum­mer fire sea­son ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data in the sea­sonal bush­fire out­look re­leased last Tues­day.

Sey­mour Fire Brigade cap­tain Bart Chan­loup said the CFA would need to wait for fur­ther fore­casts be­fore they could de­ter­mine whether or not there was any in­creased risk lo­cally.

The South­ern Aus­tralia Sea­sonal Bush­fire Out­look, de­vel­oped by the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy with fire and land man­agers, is used by emer­gency ser­vices to make strate­gic de­ci­sions about fire man­age­ment and pre­pared­ness.

Emer­gency Man­age­ment Com­mis­sioner Craig Lap­s­ley said the out­look was an early in­di­ca­tion of what Vic­to­ria could ex­pect this sum­mer.

‘‘The sever­ity of the fire sea­son will de­pend on a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing the amount, lo­ca­tion and tim­ing of rain in the months lead­ing up to sum­mer,’’ he said.

‘‘The early fore­cast shows there is un­der­ly­ing dry­ness in some ar­eas of the state, par­tic­u­larly across cen­tral parts of Vic­to­ria and across the east.’’

Mr Lap­s­ley said that while cur­rently there is a lot of sur­face wa­ter, which is great for crop grow­ing, ground mois­ture has the po­ten­tial to dry out quickly.

‘‘The level of risk in the Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber pe­riod will still de­pend on how much spring rain there is in Septem­ber,’’ Mr Lap­s­ley said.

Mr Lap­s­ley said sum­mer sea­son prepa­ra­tions across emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies were well under way.

Emer­gency Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria rec­om­mends com­mu­ni­ties be­gin their fire pre­ven­tion works early and plan ahead.

Dan­ger: Ex­perts are pre­dict­ing an above-av­er­age fire sea­son this sum­mer.

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