Australia prepares for challenging bushfire season

August 29 2019 by Andrew Tjaardstra

Authorities across Australia are bracing for a challenging bushfire season this summer and are urging Australians to start preparing their homes, properties and evacuation plans early.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre has released its seasonal outlook this week.

The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: August 2019 shows fire potential across Australia over the coming months. Above normal bushfire potential refers to the ability of a large fire to take hold when you take into consideration the recent and predicted weather for a particular area, the dryness of the land and forests, recent fire history and local firefighting resources.

The outlook warns that parts of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and parts of Western Australia a face an above normal potential fire threat because of very warm and dry conditions and below average rainfall.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate monitoring manager, David Jones, said the outlook was grim and the fire threat would be potentially exacerbated by severe drought conditions particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin region.

Jones said: “It’s not a very good outlook and will certainly be a challenging fire season.”

Brokers, insurers, reinsurers and loss adjusters will be on high alert over the bushfire season which could last as long as six months.

Usually the market can expect to payout tens of millions of dollars in insurance claims over the course of the season.

 

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