Bushfire season start may be delayed, but fuel loads likely to be higher

Firefighters and farmers are among those bracing themselves for the next bushfire season. Today, the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC released its outlook for southern Australia’s 2016 bushfire season. It predicts that in many parts of Australia the start of the bushfire season may be delayed due to higher levels of rainfall throughout spring, but that fuel loads are also likely to increase as a result.

Mapping indicates that Victoria and New South Wales are at higher than normal risk over the coming months, as well as parts of Queensland and Western Australia.

Bushfire seasonal map Australia

South Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016

For the full outlook, including state and territory breakdowns, go to: http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/019  Ω

Posted 31 August 2016