28 February 2007

Relatively Quiet Week

It has been a relatively quiet week on the on the bushfire front, at least as far as news reports are going. The weather has been relatively benevolent, hence no blowups as summer nominally ends. More favourable conditions for fire expected across much of SE Australia on the weekend.

The Southwest National Park fires in Tasmania are still going. Fires still not under control, but
24 000 Ha still being reported as burnt. The weekend could see these fires flare up.

A fire in Wadbilliga Nat Park on the south coast of NSW is being monitored, but allowed to burn. The area was scheduled to be burnt next month as part of a hazard reduction burn anyway.

The consequences of bushfires aren't limited to to the fires themselves, but rather a whole host of ecological impacts often follows. The township of Licola in Gippsland suffered a flash flood and mudslides after recently being ravaged by fire.

Finally, the Victorian DSE reported that the state is on track to break the record number of fires reported in a season, with about 890 fires observed thus far. This is not the worst season in terms of asset loss, however.

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