If you live on the East Coast of Aus, you’re probably already feeling apprehensive about summer and with it, the upcoming fire season.
But for now, most of Aus can breathe a small sigh of relief, as the seasonal bushfire forecast for spring is much less daunting than it was last year.
According to the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre, this spring’s bushfire forecast is for ‘normal’ conditions across most of the country.
However for a bunch of areas on the Queensland coast and the top end of Western Australia, the outlook is for above-normal fire potential between September and November.
The research centre puts out a seasonal bushfire outlook every three months to help firies figure out their next strategic moves.
Last year, the outlook for much of the East Coast, from Central Queensland, through NSW to Victoria and across South Australia, was for above-normal fire conditions. And we all know how that turned out.
This doesn’t mean there’s no chance of fire, but that spring’s forecast to be much wetter than previous years, due to a predicted La Niña event.
So don’t get complacent! While there’s no current threat, it’s the perfect time to prepare your house and make a fire plan.
Feature photo by Anouk Berney