Killer bushfire season ahead

GnT 2 October 2007 9

The top 4 stories on ABC online this morning are all environment and weather related.

The continuation of the drought with poor spring rain in September means we are headed for a severe bushfire season this summer, with the opposition saying fire fighters are under-prepared.

However the drought and warm weather doesn’t seem to have headed south, with reports of a decent ski season which has been extended for another week.

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9 Responses to Killer bushfire season ahead
ant ant 9:35 pm 02 Oct 07

Rain stats for Canberra in September:
total this month 14.6
long-term average 53.4mm

Shape of things to come, and what’s been the past 6 years.

asp asp 5:37 pm 02 Oct 07

ABC News website was reporting last week that the CSIRO is predicting a “300% in fire danger”. Sorry I can’t find a link.

Snahons_scv6_berlina Snahons_scv6_berlina 1:53 pm 02 Oct 07

Every year we’re in for severe bushfire alerts. Its a dry continent, tell me something new.

Maelinar Maelinar 1:45 pm 02 Oct 07

Here’s a link for everybody’s bookmarks –

Check it out whenever it’s getting cloudy.

Thumper Thumper 1:43 pm 02 Oct 07

If the fire occurs by a road, track or any other path, then you can pretty much be sure it was lit by human hands in one way or another, ie, deliberately lit, discarded ciggy butt, glass, etc…

asp asp 1:24 pm 02 Oct 07

“Seems every time you hear of a big fire event, its started deliberately”

Well, except for the Canberra fires. That really was lightning… unless you consider it deliberately lit by god or mother nature.

DawnDrifter DawnDrifter 12:56 pm 02 Oct 07

Does anyone know the stats of naturally occuring fire instances(started by lightning etc) vs deliberately lit fires?

Seems every time you hear of a big fire event, its started deliberately

Thumper Thumper 10:31 am 02 Oct 07

The regrowth out in Namadgi is unbelievably thick…

And bushy, and dry…

Obviously global warming only reaches Canberra latitudes…

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 10:26 am 02 Oct 07

Fear mongering sells news. That’s why so many stories are all about how we’re soooooo screwed for so many reasons.

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