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Large parts of Australia to face higher bushfire risks in spring


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Sydney: Australian businesses and communities have received a strong reminder from fire authorities as the country would see higher bushfire risks in the upcoming spring.

In its seasonal bushfire outlook released on Wednesday, Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) warned that large areas of the Northern Territory, Queensland, and New South Wales, as well as regions in Victoria and South Australia, are expected to encounter increased risks of bushfire.

The outlook came after the Australian Bureau of Meteorology predicted higher chances of above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall for almost the entire country from September to November.

According to the outlook, after the above-average rainfall experienced during consecutive La Nina years, many regions have also seen increased fuel growth, which is contributing to the increased risk of bushfires for many regions of Australia during the spring season.

“The climate influences driving increased risk of bushfire this season are widespread. Almost the entire country can expect drier and warmer conditions than normal this spring, so it is important for Australians to be alert to local risks of bushfire over the coming months, regardless of their location,” said AFAC Chief Executive Officer Rob Webb.

“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,” Webb added.


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