10 September 2009

NSW south coast

The latest reports from the NSW RFS indicate that the fires reported previously on the NSW south coast have been extinguished or are only being patrolled. It turns out that some of these fires were a result of escaped fuel reduction burns made by private land owners presumably seeking to prevent bushfire damage. While such burns are a necessary part of any wildfire management strategy, inappropriately lit fires can far reaching consequences as this case shows.

While the fire situation is currently quiet, the weather forecasts for the upcoming weekend in area could see an increase in fire activity with warm temperatures and strong, gusty NW-ly winds predicted for Saturday and especially Sunday. The underlying drought conditions, which remain severe in the area make this a situation to monitor.

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