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Potential for active Australian bushfire season

Australians should be prepared for more fire risks, according to the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: July 2020.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) today published its mid-year seasonal bushfire outlook which covers all states and territories through to September.

Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said all Australians needed to work with their community, neighbours and friends to prepare for another tough bushfire season.

“With memories of last summer’s horror bushfire season still fresh in our minds, all Australians, especially in the high-risk areas outlined in the report, should be planning to protect their family and property,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Fire management is a year-round process and the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: July 2020 reflects the priorities in each state and territory over the next few months.

“According to the report, the first half of 2020 has seen more rainfall in some parts of the country, with large parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania experiencing above normal rainfall.

“While this rain is very welcome it will lead to strong grass growth that, once the grass dries, could pose a significant fire risk.”

The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: July 2020 will be used by fire authorities to make strategic decisions such as resource planning and prescribed fire management to reduce the negative impacts of bushfire.

“We’re working with councils, states and territories to keep Australians safe this summer. We cannot afford to be complacent,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Start to think about your fire plan now and know what you will do if you need to evacuate.

“Talk to your neighbours, ask them about their evacuation plan and let them know about your plan.

“If we work together and look out for each other, we’ll get through the bushfire season.

“People wanting more information on how to plan and prepare, should contact their local fire service.”

The BNHCRC Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: July 2020 can be found at www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes

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