The ESA has announced that the start of bushfire season has been delayed by a month to 1 November 2010:
“I can advise that the official bushfire season will now start in the ACT on 1 November 2010, one month later than the usual start date,” Commissioner Crosweller said.
“I have made the decision to adjust the start of the official bushfire danger period after considering current and forecast conditions in the ACT and surrounding region,” he said.
“The official bushfire danger period traditionally runs from 1 October to 31 March each year but under the Emergencies Act 2004, the ACT Emergency Services Commissioner may, in writing, declare a different date to be the beginning or the end of a particular bushfire season.
“Before making the decision, I must also consult with the Bushfire Council which I have done.
“All the indicators suggest that the risk of bushfires occurring during the October – December period is low following a wet winter and early spring.
“The grasslands around the ACT are fully saturated and all farm dams and lakes are full.
“The Canberra water supply has now reached 75%, the highest it has been in 10 years.
“Current weather modelling also suggests that the South Eastern corner of Australia will continue to remain wet until at least the end of spring.