Rain delays start of fire season

Rain delays start of fire season
Rain delays start of fire season

The National Fire Authority (CFA) predicts that it could take until December before declaring a Fire Danger Period (FDP) for the region due to the continued influence of La Niña on conditions. meteorological.

Above-average and widespread rainfall, coupled with cooler temperatures, has delayed the introduction of FDPs across the state, with Mildura being the first to enter an FDP starting Monday (November 21) – three weeks later than usual for the region.

The CFA’s main focus for the coming season is the increased risk of grass fires due to the wet spring having generated “huge grass growth,” said general manager Jason Heffernan.

District 7 Deputy Fire Chief Brendan Lawson said an FDP start date for the region has yet to be decided.

“As we start to dry out with northerly winds and higher temperatures, the grass will dry out quite quickly, but until we start to see that it’s hard to predict the date,” he said. he declares.

“I’m anticipating some weather in December, but it’s hard to predict if it rains like we’ve had for the past 24 hours,” he said on Monday.
The 2021 season for Geelong, Surf Coast and Bellarine was also delayed last year and was not declared until December 20.

The CFA has yet to declare a fire danger period for the area. Photo: CFA

Mr Lawson said the weather has allowed the CFA and the Department of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning (DELWP) to carry out fuel reduction burns which will help this season, but it also presented obstacles.

“The challenge that we’ve had over the last two years with the La Niña impacts is the biomass that’s currently there, we haven’t been able to address that, and at some point it’s gonna dry out and that’s a lot of fuel that’s available when the conditions are right,” he said.

“That’s why we have our eyes on the weather in the future…if we have three or four hot, dry days we could still have, and will still have, some fast grass fires that could have an impact on the community.”

He urged households and land managers to be aware of increased growth and use the following weeks to master fuel emissions mitigation.

“It’s very important when the weather dries out to make sure their homes and properties are prepared because all it takes is one ignition in the right conditions and the community could definitely be affected.”

For updates visit cfa.vic.gov.au

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